The Faculty of Environmental Sciences, UNIZIK has planted 150 trees within the university as part of her programmes to mark the 2017 World Environment day as mapped out by the United Nations.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, academic, Prof. Charles Esimone actively participated in the tree planting.
Speaking shortly after the tree planting, Prof. Ahaneku commended the Faculty of Environmental Sciences for aligning with the University in her quest to celebrate the environment.
He explained that without good environment, living things would not have enough oxygen to even exist. He asserted that it is salutary that the United Nation has designated 5th of June every year as World Environment day, as the environment which we live in is daily assailed on all fronts by man’s unwholesome practices, leading environment threatening consequences which according to him, include pollution, degradation of the ecosystem and reliance on fossil fuels, leading to global warming. In his words, “we have health benefits by having trees around. We need to re-educate ourselves, engage in advocacy campaign, as everyone needs to be part of this crusade”.
He commended the potential and expertise in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences which he described as enormous. According to him, “we need to align our intellectual resources to change the face of humanity. To the students, he said, take advantage of the mentors in the faculty, look up to them, as we have adequate manpower in the faculty”.