By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Several dignitaries from the legislature, civil society and top career civil servants stormed the Earth Day Celebration 2019 with the theme, “Protect Our Species” held at the Kaduna State University (KASU) on Thursday.
Top among the roll call of the event organised by Bridge That Gap in collaboration with Centre for Energy and Environmental Research Studies was the Speaker Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Aminu Shagali, represented by his deputy, Rt. Honourable Nuhu Goro Shadalafiya.
Others spotted were Commissioner Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Amina Dyeris Sijuwade represented by the Director Environment, Yusuf Muazu Usman, KASU VC, represented by the Dean Faculty of Science, Kaduna State University, Dr. Sadik Abdul and State Team Leader, Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), Kaduna, Mr. Abel Adejoh.
Also seen at the colourful event were Honourable Marcus Yari, member representing Chikun Constituency in Kaduna Assembly, who represented chairman House Committee on Environment, CALPED Convener Yusuf Goje, Director, Centre for Energy and Environmental Research Studies, Dr. Yahaya Saleh as well as representatives from the media, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna Environmental Protection Agency (KEPA) and Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture, among a host of others.
In her welcome address, Founder/Executive Director of the organisers, Bridge That Gap, Gloria Bulus said that it was a beautiful day.
“its like a party for the earth’s birthday. Today calls for celebration.
“While diversity is important, biodiversity is also important to humans. Without biodiversity we won’t be able to go to the parks we have,” she said.
She said the importance of the day cannot be overemphasized because protecting species was also very important for good food supply.
“Human activities are causing great damage to the earth. Extinction rate is stradily going up.
“Mother Earth is crying for help but we are not listening. Mother Natural is crying for help and we ignore. Human activities are mass murderers,” she stressed.
She recalled that while growing up as a kid, several species that they saw are now not in existence.
“We had many birds and animals that have gone into extinction. The real value of a nation is its forests, streams, lakes and biodiversity.
“Many of our going extinct species can still be recovered if we work together.
“Let us use our hands, voices and every available powers we have to tell mother nature we have heard its call and together we can save our species,” she urged.
She told the fathering that she believes the activities for the day would signal a turning point that would be blessings to the earth.
“I look forward to us achieving our objectives. Our aim is to enhance species protection,” she emphasized.
As part if activities to mark the day, trees were planted at KASU, where the Deputy Speaker performed the ceremonial planting, before each dignitary took turn to plant one.
Other activities that took place were lectures from various resource persons, with most participants drawn from students of the Faculty of Sciences in KASU.
Top dignitaries led by the Speaker of Kaduna State House if Assembly, Rt. Honourable Aminu Shagali represented by his deputy, Rt. Honourable Nuhu Goro Shadalafiya cutting the cake to mark the 2019 Earth Day at the Kaduna State University (KASU) in Kaduna on Thursday