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What Does POVERTY Mean To You?

Poverty Jokes


Do you know of any successful Nigerian Comedian that was born with a silver or golden spoon? As for me, I can’t think of any. But if you know of any, kindly inform me. Anyways, today isn’t necessarily doing a background check on Comedians, let’s leave that for the FBI, CIA, MI7, MI20 etc.

Interest of today:  Do you realise that poverty jokes by Nigerian comedians are hilarious? To an extent that a dry comedian can tell all sorts of joke and you won’t laugh but when he/she begins to tell poverty jokes based on his/her experience, if you no laugh, no say you be winch.

But in reality, we all know that to experience poverty no funny at all. Somehow, I just believe we laugh at these jokes because a lot of Nigerians have passed through poverty. Unfortunately, over 50% of Nigerians (I no say e pass but let’s leave it that way) never get the financial and economical leg to waka pass poverty.  Now you know why  Olamide’s ‘Poverty Die’ is a hit.

Anytime I listen to Burna Boy’s ‘YE’ I always sing this part of the chorus loudest to encourage myself  to fight poverty. “I no wan Kpai, I no wan die, I want chop life, I wan buy motor, I wan build house, I still wan turn up”.

Now, the issue be say, how we fit comot poverty for Nigeria? We may not totally eradicate poverty but at least, let the poverty index reduce to the barest minimum.

What strategic measures can we implement as an individual, government or organisation so that youths will stop having the deluded mindset of doing rituals or stealing pants to buy benz or get rich quick?

 Please, your opinion is needed. Let’s discuss.

Hey guys, it feels good to resume in 2019. Hopefully, this year will be more pleasurable than last year. Wishing everyone a Happy Developed 2019. We earnestly expect sustainable change and development.

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Innovative: Meet the guy who turns waste to fuel in Nigeria

Okay, for a start, I am envious about this young man. How can one be more passionate than I am in reducing environmental hazards and creating an eco-friendly environment in Nigeria? *rolls eyes*

Ladies and Gentlemen… meet 24 years old Emeka Nelson Ugwueze.  A graduate of Instrumentation and Control System Engineering at the Metallurgical Training Institute in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.

Emeka has impressive and enviable inventions/innovations that do a lot to make life easier and healthier, and most importantly, drastically reduces environmental hazards.

Below are his inventions/innovations:

 

  • A Waste-to-Wealth Machine – The Mgbanwe C12 and Mgbanwe C13:

The waste-to-wealth machine (Mgbanwe C12 and Mgbanwe C13)  turns non-biodegradable wastes or solid hydrocarbon-related material wastes like plastic, nylon, waterproof etc into oil (gasoline) and paraffin; and when processed further, yields petrol, kerosene, diesel and some other heavy oils. Each machine does all these without any form of chemical additives.

The residual slugs or liquid waste generated after the whole process is converted into good quality interlocking stones.

Mgbanwe C12 is the first ever prototype design and it has the capacity of producing 1 to 3 litres of gasoline from about 1 kg of waste at a go and can produce more with continuous feeds. The C13 is a larger, more improved design of the C12 and it has the capacity of producing at least 400 litres of gasoline at a single feed. It can run continuously and it has the capacity to produce a higher number of interlocking stones.

For more details about this innovation, kindly visit the following links

Mgbanwe C12: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=6CiA0rTr0DY&t=305s

Mgbanwe C13: https://youtu.be/PG8jz69xF-4

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=6l8u_6qHDXs&index=3&list= PLBA495EBFF85D369B

 

  • A Portable Hydro-electric Generator – The Akpaike:

Akpaike means, “power box” in his local Igbo dialect. It is a portable electricity generator that does not have any form of combustion engine but is powered by internally moving water. The water creates a mechanical energy that powers the machine and this produces electricity. The power rating is 610Watts, 220Volts, 50Hz. This is his first prototype design and he is currently working on a larger capacity design.

For more details about this innovation, kindly visit the following links

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=3MRMAms8wUc&t=145s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l8u_6qHDXs&index=3&list=PLBA495EBFF85D369B

 

 

 

  • Watching Eyes Security Device:

The Watching Eyes security device is an advanced modern security device/setup that is equipped with the most advanced security technologies. He developed it during the heat of the Boko Haram terrorist challenge in Nigeria to help our security agencies tackle the menace of terrorism. However, he has not had the opportunity to present it to the authorities that need it. Some authorities that he approached claimed they cannot handle the technology.

 

 

 

  • The CU Farmer Machine:

The CU Farmer Machine is a machine that is employed in the farm to do clearing work before cultivation. It can be used for clearing a field or a garden, like a lawnmower.

However, unlike a lawnmower, it packs the wastes into a chamber where they are converted into Biogas, CO2 gas and organic fertilizer.

 

 

 

  • Safety Shield Robot:

The Safety Shield Robot is equipped with powerful crawler legs powered by two separate dc motors with gears which make it possible for the machine to climb stairs and go through rough, rigid, slippery surfaces – all manner of surfaces one can ever imagine without any obstruction. It is also equipped with powerful two jointed arms and a grab powered by hyper-powerful dc geared motors which are not just used to pick or destroy targets but also aids the crawler legs in overcoming obstruction and in climbing stairs. The sleek metallic body shape or design makes it possible for the machine to escape any danger and contributes to the free movement of the machine. It is also equipped with a centre rotor powered by a powerful dc geared motor which makes it possible for the machine to rotate 360 degrees on the spot. This feature makes it possible to pick, destroy or drop a target at any point within its range while on the same spot.

For more details about this innovation, kindly visit – https://youtu.be/0Vg9ASVD

 

 

 

  • A Water Treatment and Purification Machine

 

 

 

  • An Electric Excavator:

    This is powered by a 12 or 24 volts battery and it is remote-controlled. It can lift 9 inches block from the floor.

 

  • An Electric Truck:

    This is powered by 12 volts, 7 amp battery and it is remote-controlled.

 

 

 

  • Drone:

    The unique thing about this drone is that it generates low noise compared to the already existing drone we have.

 

 

The advantages of the above innovations are:

  • Eco-friendly. They are powered by clean energy and are meant to fight environmental degradation and pollution.

  • The products make life simpler, less burdensome and more enjoyable. This adds a greater value and a deeper meaning (utility) to the quality of our lives.

  • 100% local content.

  • Very affordable compared to their counterparts.

 

“I am a firm believer in setting a standard and using my natural gifts to contribute to the betterment of the society in ways similar to what individuals like Henry Ford did yesterday and what Elon Musk is doing today. I am a “values-driven” and a “service-oriented” individual” – Emeka Nelson Ugwueze

These inventions contribute greatly to the realisation of SDG7, SDG8, SDG9 and SDG12.

 

 

However, these inventions directly and indirectly contribute to the achievement of all the Sustainable Goals.

These inventions need investors in order to be improved and produced in commercial quantity.  Investing in one or more of these inventions counts as a contribution to Sustainable Development as well as an input in fighting environmental degradation in Nigeria.

 

For Partnership and investment, kindly reaach out to Emeka Nelson viaa the following:

Email: emekanelsonugwueze@yahoo.com

Facebook: Emeka Nelson

Mobile Contact: +2348063998197

 

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Is Banky W (Bankole Wellington) really Mr Capable?

Ever since Banky W declared his intention to run for a political position, I am amazed to see and hear negative comments like

  • “He’s looking for money to change his Range Rover”
  • “Oh! This one thinks Politics is Entertainment.”
  • “Him music career don back up, him dey look for alternate source of income.”
  • “As EME don die na, the next things na politics.”
  • “Oh! I see. That’s why he became a motivational speaker lately”
  • “No money to maintain Adesuwa again?” (…and they had to bring his wife into it. Gosh!)

How soon people forget the saying – ‘LEAD BY EXAMPLE’.

Isn’t it impressive that one who advocates for good leadership/governance has taken the bold step to be part of the government in order to ensure positive change happens?

Same people who clamour for CHANGE are the same people castigating NEW, MENTALLY SOUND and 21st CENTURY THINKING political candidates. *In Lasisi’s voice – Are are are you mad?*

If you expect CHANGE in Nigeria and have refused to ignore recurrent politicians who have been in power for donkey years but have contributed little or nothing sustainable to Nigeria’s development; just know it’s not CHANGE you desire, maybe it is CHENG.

And hey, please don’t come with the ‘All are the same’ mentality. It is better to try new candidates than recycling old politicians.

The following are things that are bound to happen if Mr Wellington and other NEW, MENTALLY SOUND and 21st CENTURY THINKING political candidates win or get impressive vote counts in this coming election:

  1. Hopes will rise.

  2. The game of politics will gradually begin to change.

  3. God-fatherism will begin to dwindle.

  4. More new, selfless, innovative and mentally sound individuals will become courageous to vie for political positions.

  5. We will get to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Let us all make conscious efforts to make the SDG 16 a reality in Nigeria.

To all the 21st Century Mindset candidates, WE DEY YOUR BACK *For the sake of extremely religious people who will begin to bind, cast and say “God forbid, I shall never be at the back.* Let me say instead – WE SUPPORT YOU!

And errrr…the caption was just to get your attention. *wink*

 

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Reasons Lagos Will Remain King And What Other States Should Do To Dethrone It

I was opportune to do my National Youth Service Corp in Lagos precisely in one of the highbrow areas in Lagos. Then, my conversation or chat with most people goes like this…

“Where are you serving?”

“Lagos” I reply.

“Lucky you, So many opportunities for you.”

“If only other states are developed and offer many career/business opportunities just like Lagos, you would know that there is nothing really ‘lucky’ about working in Lagos.” I tell them.

From my observation and experience, here are the reasons Lagos will remain KING of GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT:

 

  1. Limitless Career and Business opportunities

Have you ever thought of why Mark Zuckerberg visited Lagos to promote technology instead of promoting it in Sokoto; or why Lagos always have the highest number of Youth Corp members yearly? It is because there are less hindrances and more potential opportunities to thrive in the Lagos environment. Lagos is a city where people are given the opportunity and freedom to thrive and develop with little or no political or tribal obstacle.

 

  1. Minimal Tribal/Indigene interference:

I hardly hear of tribal clash or community interference in one’s business area of operation in Lagos.

 

  1. Freedom to thrive as a non-indigene:

Lagos is known as ‘No man’s land’. No discrimination! Everyone who can make valuable contribution to the Lagos economy is highly welcomed and appreciated! Just be a good citizen and pay your tax!

 

  1. Government with futuristic vision

I need not say much. Just Google “Best State Governments in Nigeria” and see if Lagos isn’t among the top! Personally, I am very impressed with the way the Lagos State Response Unit rapidly attend to emergency situations all anywhere in the state.

Any state that wants to dethrone Lagos as KING of GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT should do the following:

  1. STOP all forms of tribal discrimination as well as political and community interference in one’s business area of operation.
  2. Give non-indigenes same equal opportunity as indigenes.
  3. The Government should attract investor with favourable and juicy conditions
  4. Elect people who are competent leaders and are capable of pushing for economic growth and development all over the state.
  5. As a business owner or an entrepreneur, make conscious effort to contribute to the economic development of your state by opening a business site in your state, if possible, make your state the headquarters of your business.

 

The beautiful thing about dethroning Lagos is that, Lagos will become depopulated because same opportunities in Lagos will become present in other states

 

Develop Naija commends Innoson Motor Boss – Innocent Chukwuma and  popular Nollywood actor – Jim Iyke for overlooking the opportunities in Lagos to set up their businesses in the South-East which has and will continue to create several career/ business opportunities for residents in the region.

To all those who have decided to focus on economically improving other states and create job opportunities for residents by setting up their businesses there, Develop Naija deeply appreciates your work.

 

Government and indigenes of various states should make conscious effort to help Nigeria achieve Sustainable Development Goal 8, Goal 9, and Goal 11.

 

 

What is/are your contribution(s) towards Sustainable Development (Goals) in Nigeria? We would love to publish your good works for free. Comment below or send an email to – contribution@developnaija.com

 

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Six Reasons Nigerians Should Stop Killing Wildlife

Few days ago, I read about a Nigerian lady who bought a turtle just because she wanted to return it to the sea and prevent the turtle from being killed. This lady inspired me to write this article. I wish we all can be like this lady who sees the importance of wildlife. Here are reasons Nigerians should stop killing wildlife.

  1. Wildlife creates a healthy ecosystem:

Plants and animals contribute to a healthy ecosystem.  Loss of wildlife results to imbalance of the ecosystem. According to some contributors on Quora, Wildlife work together to create a biosphere and healthy ecosystem that helps to sustain life. The Ecosystem provides us with clean water, food and shelter. When a particular wildlife is gone, it affects the food chain which directly or indirectly affects the food web thus destroying the ecosystem.

  1. Animals improve Human Psychology:

Do you know that spending time with animals improves your mental state; clears your head from negativity; boost happiness; serves as a great and real companion especially for lonely people; fights depression and improves positivity? Indeed, nature is a blessing to human; think twice before killing that animal. I haven’t seen or heard anyone that went to a wildlife centre or zoo and returned unhappy. You also tend to derive a higher level of happiness when you are care for wildlife.

  1. There will be more fertile Farmlands:

A healthy ecosystem enriches the fertility of our lands for better farming practices; thereby making farmers have better farming experience and reap rich harvest.

  1. Wildlife is very useful for Research and Medicinal Purpose:

U.S Fish and Wildlife Service states that 25% of the medicinal prescriptions given every year contain chemicals from animals. Who knows if that specie of chimpanzee or marine mammal that just got killed is where the antidote for HIV or cancer is meant to emanate from.

  1. Jobs will increase:

If Nigeria decides to take Wildlife conservation seriously, there will be a great increase in jobs that deal with the protection, conservation and management of wildlife.

  1. More revenue from Tourist attraction:

Obviously, conserving our wild animals and creating functional wildlife centres will attract tourists from all over the world and this will definitely generate ­­very large revenue for Nigeria.

 

Every day, we hear about people killing wild animals in Nigeria. If asked their reason, you will hear “When there is hunger, what do you expect us to eat?”  I implore every Nigerian to vote responsible and foresighted political aspirants who know the importance of Wildlife and will help Nigeria achieve SDG 14 – Life below Water and SDG 15 – Life on Land. However, achieving these goals will become very possible when we are able to tackle Poverty and Hunger in Nigeria.

More so, people who are guilty of killing wild animal may not see this write-up, therefore, when we come across such people, it is our duty to enlighten them about the usefulness of wildlife as well as discourage them from harming wildlife.

 

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6 Ignorant Things Nigerians Do That Hinders Development In Nigeria

There are lot of factors that impedes Sustainable Development in Nigeria but today’s focus is on ignorant things Nigerians do that hinders development in Nigeria.

 

1.      Entitlement Mentality

A good number of Nigerians feel entitled to certain things without working hard for them. It is amusing when trying to develop a community buying setting up a business venture or developing properties, you still get to settle youths and some groups in the community simply because they are INDIGENES and you have to pay homage to them. Likewise some fans who beg celebrities for money and other goodies; when they (fans) don’t get the desired attention, they resort to insults and curses. How can we grow as a nation when people are not willing to work hard but are ready to interrupt other’s progress?

 

2.      Voting Leaders Due To Petty Reasons:

“Awwn! He comes from a humble background.” “Let’s vote her, she is the first woman to ever contest for this position.” “He schooled in Harvard.” “This man is from my community”. “Let’s vote him, it is high time we had an Igbo President.” “He is the youngest candidate” “The man is so cute”. Aspiring leaders should be voted based on their Strong and Impactful Leadership Profile; their Positive Impact on the Common Man; and their contribution to Sustainable Development/Humanity in Nigeria.

 

3.      Contributing To Underdevelopment:

I know the government have much influence in Nigeria’s development but citizens also have a role to play. Example – We complain of flood, but it is citizens who block drainages with dirts thrown indiscriminately on the streets. Government don’t want to provide jobs but you are reluctant to develop yourself with the right skills to become a ‘hot cake’ in the labour market.

 

4.      Violating Rules And Regulations:

Most Nigerians find it difficult to obey rules and regulations except when a heavy penalty is attached to it. If we find it hard to obey simple traffic rules, how then do you think Nigeria can achieve that desired growth when her citizens can’t even follow simple order without a penalty attached to it?

 

5.      Attaching RELIGION To Everything:

It is saddening to hear that we have more religious centres than industries in Nigeria. Many shout ‘AMEN’ to prophetic declaration without working for such prophecies to come to pass. We have become extremist of our religion, thus, preventing our brains to work and allowing our religious sentiments to inform our decisions. God has a reason He gave man a brain. If we keep praying without working, we’ll keep on complaining and development in Nigeria will continually regress.

 

6.      Converting Serious Issues To Jokes:

I know jokes are good to lighten up a sad/negative mood but too much of everything is bad. It’s high time we reduced the rate we create jokes/memes about sensitive issues and corrupt practices on social media. Let us take advantage of social media in exposing and condemning silly acts of the government as well as advocating for economic growth and better living condition. The way we react to sensitive issues in Nigeria determines and influences the way our leaders rule us.

 

If we fail to heed to the aforementioned points, development in Nigeria will continue to be in regress mode.

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3 Groups That Can Influence the End of Environmental Pollution in Nigeria.

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2018 World Environment Day has come and gone but nothing will ever change about Nigeria’s environmental pollution if all we do is to hold rallies, conferences and talk with no action to back it up.

For Nigeria to beat environmental pollution, the following categories of people have an influential part to play.

  1. Companies and Organisations:

    To the best of my knowledge, there is no Eco-friendly practicing indigenous company in Nigeria. Even world top brands operating in Nigeria (aside very few) are not moved to save our environment because of much profit. Very sad! Until companies make it a point of duty to desist from harmful production practices that destroy our environment, our environment will keep deteriorating.

  1. Religious Leaders:

    Religious leaders have a great influence in the lives of their followers. A good number of Nigerians have 100% belief in what their religious leaders tell them.  During every religious gathering, religious leaders are encouraged to constantly enlighten their members on ways to contribute to save the environment. Making the world a better and safer place isn’t only about spirituality.

 

 

  1. Celebrities/Entertainers:

    Entertainment is the language 90% of Nigerians listen and understand. Do you know how fast we will get in ending Nigeria’s environmental pollution if lyrics about sex, money, women, sensitive body parts, alcohol, and clubbing are interchanged for lyrics about environment pollution and being Eco-friendly? Do you know how closer we will be to curb environmental pollution if every Nigerian movie plot subtly passes the message of ‘safe environment’?

 

 

If everyone contributes their quota in advocating for safe environment practice, the Government will be persuaded to enact favourable ‘environment safety’ bills into laws.

Here are the list of things you can do at home, work, outdoor  and in your sitting room as part of  your contribution to a safer environment in Nigeria.

The theme for 2018 World Environment Day is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, you can find the list of Eco-friendly alternatives for plastic packaging here.

 

 

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The Guy with Twelve Fingers and Twelve Toes

During one of my volunteer outreaches, I met Idris who is blessed with twelve fingers and twelve toes.  I was very amazed and that was my first (and still only time) I saw someone with extra body parts. Life is indeed full of wonders. Some people are looking for complete body parts, while some people have extra body parts.

My focus today is the beliefs/sentiments attached to a lot of things especially in Africa.

During my chat with Idris, he revealed that every member of his family is blessed with twelve fingers and twelve toes. For those who always attach spirituality to rare situations (no thanks to Nollywood movies), you would hear things like ‘Maybe his forefathers are cursed’ This is satanic’ ‘God-forbid bad thing’ ‘Go for deliverance, this is not ordinary’ ‘My child cannot marry someone like this oh!’ etc.

 

 

 

 

 

This equates the kind of sentiments/beliefs a lot of people upholds when it comes to the different situations impeding the growth and development in Nigeria. True change, growth and development begin from our mind-set. We need to change our mind-set on certain things for us to witness sustainable development in Nigeria.

Let me drop some of the beliefs/sentiments we should trash out for development in Nigeria to be fast-tracked.

  1. Religious Sentiments – (It is only a Muslim that will behave like this, Christians don’t )
  2. Christian Denomination Prejudice – (I can’t marry someone who doesn’t attend my church)
  3. Tribalism Brouhaha – (Is he Yoruba? Ah! I won’t vote for him)
  4. Gender Discrimination – (Over my dead body will I work under a female boss)
  5. Favouritism – (He is my brother, I can’t give this job to a stranger even if the stranger outperformed my brother)
  6. Social media Ass-licking – (Why are you asking for his source of wealth? Broke people always have something to say. Mtcheeww!)

What other sentiments or beliefs should our minds be purged of, inorder to have a full cooperation of growth and development in Nigeria? Your comments will be appreciated.

 

 

What is/are your contribution(s) towards Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria? We would like to publish your good works for free.

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Where Are The Libya Slavery Returnees? Do You Know Any?

Last year, there was a viral video about the slave trade/inhumane treatment of Nigerians (mostly illegal migrants) in Libya. Virtually everyone who saw the video felt sorry for the Libya slavery victims and advocated for the safe return of these Nigerians back to Nigeria.

Nigerian celebrities posted clips of the slavery on social media, showing their sympathy and advocating for the end of Modern Day Slavery. Political figures aired their opinion and condemned the slavery. Others blamed certain individuals and bodies for the slavery. Political parties blamed their opponents for the slavery.

The slavery news then faded gradually and the media now barely covers anything relating to it. The big Questions are:

  1. Did anything change?
  2. Were there solutions implemented to curb the slavery and the incessant illegal migration?

A lot of people wrote: “This is injustice…” “It saddens my heart…” Nigerian lives matter….” “End modern slavery…”; But how many individuals, celebrities, political parties, influential figures and organisations took impactful actions to support the Libya returnees and/or discourage people who have thoughts of treading such path through empowerment?  How many? I guess they aren’t even up to the total number of my fingers and toes.

“In foreign countries, especially western countries, you will see different people donating to these people that have been to hell and back. But black people, especially Nigerians, the only time you see them contributing massively is when they fund their pastor’s expensive lifestyle or on frivolous things that can never add value to the economy. They want everything to be the government. Before you ask, what about me? I’m also part of the problem, but at least I don’t get my priorities wrong and I contribute from the little I have.” – Expression of a concerned fellow.

In this county, we need to stop talking and apportioning blames, and start taking meaningful and valuable actions no matter how little it may appear.

You may say – “I don’t know any of the returnees’’,  but what about those people around you who are desperately seeking for something engaging and meaningful to do? Who knows, their next plan could be illegal migration to Libya or another country. Right now, there are people who just left the country illegally for greener pastures.

Accolades goes to the few individuals and organisations that have secretly or openly empowered the slavery victims and those who are in desperate need of a better life.

We should stop waiting on only the Government to do everything! If we do, we will wait endlessly! Dear individuals and organisations, let us rise, take valuable actions and contribute sustainably (no matter how little) to the growth and development of Nigeria.

Don’t forget to vote leaders who have the vision for sustainable development, and prior, have contributed sustainably to Nigeria’s economic growth and development.

What is your contribution towards empowering the Libya returnees and their counterparts? What is your contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Reasons Every Nigerian Should Plant A Tree in His/Her Environment

In commemoration of World Earth’s Day held every April 22, we compiled a list of reasons every Nigerian should plant a tree in his/her environment. It is not only in rural areas that trees should be planted; the urban areas deserve to have more trees because of pollution, amongst other factors.  Below are reasons every Nigerian should plant a tree in his/her environment.

 

  1. Trees help reduce negative effects of air-conditioners: Planted in the right places around buildings, trees can significantly reduce air-conditioning costs. This means less Freon, an inflammable and odourless chemical emitted from air conditioners. It is considered to have damaging effects to the ozone layer.

 

  1. Trees help to save energy: Planted strategically, trees on a property near homes and other buildings can help to block wind and create shade.

 

  1. You can grow your own fruit: By planting tree fruit, you can produce abundant food for yourself and your family, and perhaps even enough to sell out. .

 

  1. Trees help to maintain local water cycles: Trees play a very important role in maintenance of local water cycles. Trees hold water, prevent flooding, recharge underground aquifers, and maintain water vapour in the atmosphere, increasing the opportunity for rainfall. When forests are cut down, the water vapour in the atmosphere disappears in an area, decreasing precipitation and increasing the risk of drought and desertification. By planting trees, some of these negative effects may be reversed.

 

  1. Trees produce jobs and products for our use: Trees generate jobs and contribute raw materials for buildings, newspapers, books, etc. Most trees are major source of health treatment. Trees produce many important products that we use in our daily lives, including wood, medicine, and food.

 

  1. Trees are beautiful: Planting trees is a great way to add a touch of beautiful nature to your property and improve the aesthetics of a place. Trees indeed, beautify our surroundings.

 

 

  1. Trees clean the soil: Trees can store some pollutants and can transform others into less toxic forms. Trees have been known to be useful for filtering sewage and chemicals from farms, filter water runoff into rivers and streams, clean-up heavy metal pollution and organic pollutants, and help to clean up animal waste in water and roadside spills.

 

  1. Trees help control noise. Trees help to absorb loud noises in the air, especially in an urban environment. When planted strategically around a property, trees can even help to reduce loud urban noises from freeways and airports.

 

  1. Trees clean the air. Trees intercept air pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and particulate matter. They moderate the effects of sun and wind, and they clean the air by trapping dust, pollen and other pollutants.

 

 

 

Aren’t trees just awesome? Natural resources like trees are indeed a blessing to humans. The Nigerian Government should enforce strict laws that require every household to have least one tree; and if you fell a tree, it is required you plant two as a replacement.  Planting of Trees, directly and indirectly, is a major contributor to the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Part Content sources:

https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/11-reasons-you-should-be-planting-trees/

https://greentumble.com/20-reasons-why-we-should-plant-trees/

https://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2012/04/19/8-reasons-why-you-should-plant-a-tree-for-earth-day/

 

Have you planted a tree? Do you have trees in your environment? What is your contribution towards Sustainable Development Goals in  Nigeria? We would like to hear from you. You can comment below as well as reach us via email – contribution@developnaija.com