Maude Rabiu Gwadabe
The company reconstructing the Kano – Abuja dual carriageway, Julius Berger has agreed to protect the ancient mahogany trees along the road following a plea from a Bayero University Kano (BUK) lecturer.
“We have taken note of the mahogany trees in question and have sort (sic) the consent of our client not to cut down any one of them except where they will interfere with the new road alignment because of the ongoing redesigning.” The company stated.
Julius Berger also committed to filling all borrow pits excavated to during the project.
KANO TODAY reports that Aliyu Salisu Barau, an associate professor in the department of Regional & Urban Planning, BUK had written a letter to the construction company regarding the trees.
Mr Barau, who missed a flight from Abuja to Kano became worried about the fate of the mahogany trees as he was he was being driven along the road.
“I was unhappy that the remnants of the mahogany trees planted (in the early 1960s) by the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, His Excellency, Sir Ahmadu Bello (the Sardauna of Sokoto) will give way. I was disturbed that soil excavations will trigger land degradation in many places.” He posted on his Facebook timeline.
“My mind is not dry. I have to try salvaging the trees. I scripted a green sermon to the Julius Berger. The giant responded very positively. The trees will live. Everyone can change the world with good words. This is my revolution.” He added.