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Offshore Lab plants 1,000 tree seedlings in Bauchi varsity

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Vice Chancellor, SAZUG, Prof Fatima Tahir planting one of the tree seedlings

By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi

1000 tree seedlings have been planted in the premises of Sa’adu Zungur University, Gadau (SAZUG) by Offshore Lab with support from Shell Development Company.

The exercise was held at the new ICT complex in the main campus of the University just as an orchard was also established.

Speaking during the exercise, Management of SAZUG led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Fatima Tahir reiterated that the University is fully committed to giving necessary support needed to ensure environmental conservation.

The Vice Chancellor commended Offshore Lab for the initiative, which she said it is good to see that the organization have shown interest in the environment and try to conserve it.

According to her, the initiative came at the right time as the University always has the idea of establishing the orchard, hence appreciated Offshore Lab for equally conceiving the same idea.

In her words, “In as much as the University always has this idea of wanting to establish something like this, I must say that this is the conception of Offshore Lab and also with the support of Shell Development Company.”

She also said that the University deemed it necessary to provide space for the establishment of the orchard considering its important not only to the institution, but to the larger community.

Fatima Tahir added that, “All we did was to give them space for them to be able to establish the orchard. They have done their part, it is now our turn to do our part.”

She therefore urged, particularly, students of Environmental Conservation Club of the University to take ownership of the orchard, adding that the University is also going to play its own part.

According to her, “Taking care of these trees is not going to be your own sole responsibility, but the University is also going to play its part.”

“But you are going to play a major role in ensuring that these trees that you have planted have actually grown and are producing fruits that one day you will come,” She stressed.

On his part, CEO of Offshore Lab, Emeka Obiwulu said the idea of this plantation was to take advantage of what the school is already doing in terms of environmental conservation and further develop on it.

He however emphasized the need for taking ownership of the plantation so as to ensure sustainability, adding that they will ensure constant monitoring.

Obiwulu therefore advised the students to adopt the tress as put forward by the Vice Chancellor and take care of it.

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