Environmentalist Laments Use Of Interlocks In Houses, Proffer Solutions To Deforestation

Environmentalist Laments Use Of Interlocks In Houses, Proffer Solutions To Deforestation

Rahila Abdullahi, Kaduna

An Environmentalist, Mr Yahaya Muhammad, has lamented the increasing practice of using        ’interlocks’ or ‘tiles’ as against planting of grass in houses.

The Controller-General of Kaduna-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), ‘Safety Awareness and Environmental Support Initiative’ (SAESI), Yahaya Muhammad, made the observation during an interview on the need to fast-track re-afforestation efforts to secure the environment.

He explained that such practice has amounted to ‘short-changing the environment’ as the the application of grass had double advantage of being environment-friendly, as well as preventing mud in compounds and surroundings.

Our Correspondent observed that most households, especially the elites, have resorted to the use of cement interlocks in their compounds and premises to prevent  such compounds from being muddy or water-logged during rainy season.

Similarly, its has also become the practice by most government agencies and ministries nationwide, to decorate certain portion of streets or highways, using interlocks, instead of planting green grass in those places.

Most people now do not appreciate the wisdom of planting and nurturing grass on the floor of their compounds and surroundings as part of the measures to check their environment from being muddy during the rainy season

“The vogue now is to spend huge amount on interlock blocks and tiles, as against the use of grass.

“Whereas the interlocks prevent the washing away of the surface only, the green grass absorbs water naturally, preventing erosion, in addition to serving the medical purpose of sharpening the eyes, as confirmed by health experts,” Muhammed said.

He also described, the level at which people in African countries, especially Nigeria, were deforesting as worrisome, attributing this development to lack of affordable alternative source of energy for cooking, especially in the country side where most people relied on fire wood.

Muhammed stressed that drastic sensitisation is needed to encourage re-afforestation to enable Nigerians understand and appreciate the benefits of planting trees.

“One critical reason which most people are not aware of, is that the carbon dioxide we breathe is being absorbed by trees and these plants release oxygen in return, which we breath to survive.

Also, Mrs Gloria Kasang, an Environmental Activist and the Executive Director of an NGO, ‘Bridge That Gap Initiative’, stressed the importance of forest resources as source of food, medicine and furniture, among others.

While emphasising on relentless campaign to protect forest resources  from human activities, she explained that the need for reforestation was to sustain the ecosystem, and therefore advocated for the vigorous implementation of all forest management, conservation and tree planting programmes.

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