The Head, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Aliyu Salisu-Barau, has called for restoration of indigenous trees to preserve ecosystem in Kano and Jigawa states.
Salisu-Barau said this at the launch of an exhibition to create awareness on the importance of indigenous trees, held on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at Kano State History and Culture Bureau.
He said that the programme was in collaboration with Universities of Leed and York in the United Kingdom.
According to the professor, indigenous trees are important to ecosystem and have medicinal values.
“Old trees are resistant in nature and can stand the challenge of climate change.
“Governments and development partners have spent so much in growing nurseries, with only few of them surviving.
“Research has shown that restoring indigenous trees will be more efficient, cost-effective and energy-saving,” Salisu-Barau said.
In her remarks, the Curator, Arts Gallery of Nigeria, Kano Station, Mrs Kaltume Gana, said that the exhibition was to re-orientate stakeholders on the need for restoring the ecosystem.
She said that lots of young students had displayed their skills at the exhibition, through arts and imaginary works.
“By showcasing the indigenous trees, the young people will have an understanding of their values,” she said.
Gana said that the exhibition would also promote culture and create an avenue for patronising indigenous art works.
The week-long exhibition was funded by UK PACT project, under the Green Recovery challenge.
Inaugurated on Thursday, the exhibition is expected to close on Feb. 22.
By Aisha Ahmed