Monday, 26 June 2017

Anambra lawmakers comple house owners to plant trees in residence

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

In distant time, tree planting may become a prerequisite for the approval of construction of residential buildings in Anambra State.

That was even as Anambra State House of Assembly recently moved a motion calling on Governor Willie Obiano to direct the state Commissioner of Lands, Physical Planning and Rural Development, Director of Anambra State Physical Planning Board (ANSPPB), and Commissioner of Environment, Beautification & Ecology to enlist tree planting as presequisite for approval of construction of residential houses.

The motion, sponsored by Hon. Lawrence Ezeudu of Dunukofia state constituency and 13 others, expressed worry over what they termed utter neglect towards tree planting by most house builders in the state not minding the numerous benefits accruing to ecosystem from tree planting.

According to the legislators, planting of trees by builders is a proactive measure towards checkmating the menace of erosion since the state topography is prone to erosion.

They added that the massive developments and building constructions ongoing across residential housing estates within the state owing to the densely populated mature of the state has led to the increase in demand for residential apartments, even as they listed some benefits to tree planting to include provisions of oxygen, air filtering, absorption of carbon dioxide, natural water purification, energy conservation, erosion and flood control.

Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu, recalled that the state has a fundamental objective to improve and protect the environment as provided in section 20 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.



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