The Vice Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Prof Augustine Uwakwe has highlighted the strategic importance of a smart green campus. Speaking while flagging off an aggressive tree planting exercise in the university premises, the academic don pointed out that “the aim is to provide an eco-friendly environment that stimulates knowledge assimilation while also enhancing the aesthetic beauty of the campus.”
Tagged ‘GUU Green Project Initiative’, the exercise is being executed under the the West African Green Energy Development Institute (WAGEDI) of the university.
According to Prof Uwakwe, during the exercise,members of university community are expected to plant more one thousand exotic trees, which are currently being nursed by the horticultural unit.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Executive Director of GUU-WAGEDI, Prof Chidi Onuoha, stated that tree planting has been recognised as effective in reversing the negative effects of Climate Change, stressing that trees provide shelter for wildlife, thereby promoting wildlife conservation. In his words,”Trees are effective in erosion prevention,control and are critical in improving the quality of oxygen in the atmosphere, thereby cushioning the effects of hot weather.
All these factors play important roles in promoting a serene atmosphere for learning on campus”.