|Lt. Gen. TY Danjuma|
Former Defence Minister Gen. Theophilus Danjuma has called for enforcement of the law on the protection of the environment.
Danjuma spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, as the Chairman of a public discourse to mark the 50th birthday of Mrs Olufunso Amosun, wife of Ogun State Governor.
The discourse: “Greening the Economy,” was part of activities to mark the birthday yesterday.
The ex-minister, who attended the event with his wife, Daisy, called on governments to enforce the nation’s aforestation laws to secure the environment.
Danjuma said: “There is the issue of environmental degradation in our country. Human development has taken high tolls on the environment and one only needs to look around, especially northern Nigeria where desertification is threatening the life of everybody.
“Population in Nigeria is moving into the Middle Belt and Southward and the result is that we are competing for space in the greenland of the country.
“So, it is good to see someone drawing attention to this failure on our part. It is in the rule that if anybody cuts down a tree, he or she is compelled to replace it by planting two or three others for the one cut down.
“Trees grow rapidly in the Middle Belt and the South, even in the North. Evidences of these are where trees have been allowed to grow and become large, protect the soil and the environment.
“So, greening the economy is the theme of the celebration. Madam Amosun, I must thank you for chosing this theme.”
Eminent Nigerians, including wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajia Aisha; Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun; and former Senate President Ken Nnamani, among others spoke glowingly of Mrs Amosun.
Mrs Buhari urged wives of other governors to emulate her by engaging in charity and environment issues for development of the nation and humanity.
She said Olufunso Amosun’s efforts to improve the environment was commendable and worthy of emulation.
According to Mrs Buhari, Mrs Amosun’s efforts would complement the Federal Government’s move towards a better society.
The Nation’s award-winning Arts reporter and poet, Evelyn Osagie, performed at the event to the delight of guests.