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FCTA, Rotary Club, others plant 6,000 trees in Abuja

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The Department of Parks and Recreation of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced planting of 6,000 trees in Katampe District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The trees would be planted in collaboration with the Rotary Club, Parks Association, Purple Hands Initiative and AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company.

Mr Isaiah Ukpana, the Director of Parks and Recreation, said at the unveiling of the exercise on Sunday, at the Patrick Yakowa Street, Katampe Extension, said that the measure was to keep Abuja green.

Ukpana said that tree planting exercise was part of a campaign to plant 20,000 tree in Wuye, Guzape and Katampe Districts of the FCT.

He said that the 6,000 trees would be planted along 30 streets in the district, adding that the species were carefully selected to ensure that their roots do not damage infrastructure within the green verge.

To ensure survival of the trees, the director said that the department has made arrangements to water the trees throughout the dry season.

“The environment in the district will be completely changed once we finish planting the trees in all the 30 streets.

“Tree planting is an environmentally friendly activity that every resident should imbibe and support.

“Trees give a good landmark to a community, purifies the environment, and helps to control erosion,” he said.

He urged residents to plant trees in their houses and neighbourhood, for their unquantifiable benefits.

In his remarks, the President of Rotary Club of Abuja Deluxe, Ms Brenda Max-Nduaguibe, said that the club supports FCTA’s tree planting campaign with 722 seedlings towards building a sustainable environment.

According to her, tree planting is one of Rotary Club’s seven areas of focus for 2023 as its contribution to maintaining a balanced and sustainable environment.

 

Similarly, the Head of AstraZeneca, Mr Stephen Awoicho, said that the company donated five hundred seedlings to support the tree planting campaign in the Katampe District.

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Osun Poly Student, Olanrewaju Olatona killed by hit-and-run one-way driver

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A Student Of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State, has died after being hit by a trailer driver on Monday, April 15.

The Accident was said to have occurred when the driver, who was reportedly driving against traffic, collided with the motorcycle conveying a student named Olanrewaju Olatona and another passenger along the Ikirun-Osogbo road area of the state.

Due to the severe impact, Olanrewaju Olatona, a National Diploma 2 student, suffered fatal injuries. He died at the scene.

 

Olatona, who was the Financial Secretary of the Department of Mass Communication, was preparing for the one-year Industrial Training programme.

The driver fled the scene after the accident and has not been apprehended.

Subsequently, Osun State Polytechnic students organised a procession in front of the school gate and blocked the expressway for several hours.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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