The Federal Capital Territory Administration says plans are ongoing to invest in solar lighting to illuminate streets in the satellite towns of the territory.
The Minister of state for FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu stated this at the official flag-off of 2020 Tree Planting campaign in Karshi, Abuja.
Dr Aliyu explained that the FCT Administration was working on other innovative solutions to fast track development in the satellite towns.
Speaking on the significance of tree planting, Dr Aliyu, stressed the need to sustainably manage forests for the purpose of meeting the developmental needs of the present generation without compromising the future .
Speaking on this year’s theme “Forests and Biodiversity: Too Precious to Lose”, the Minister of State for FCT assured that efforts to enhance and protect the territory’s climate across the area councils was being prioritised in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The minister enjoined other relevant FCT departments to join hands with the Satellite Towns Development Department in the re-vegetation of all open spaces, degraded hill tops and hill slopes, reclaim old burrow-pit as well as rivers and flood-prone areas to prevent and mitigate adverse environmental consequences.
According to the minster, the STDD has earmarked 48,000 assorted indigenous tree species to be planted across the six Area Councils and 20,000 to be donated to foreign Embassies/High Commissions, FCT Public and Private Schools, religious bodies among others.
Earlier, the Acting Coordinator of FCT Satellite Towns Development Department, Felix Nwankwo who described the environment as an asset to the present and future generations, urged residents to avoid acts that could trigger ecological and environmental disasters.
Top government functionaries that attended the event symbolically planted trees during the occasion.