Expert trains 100 youth on bamboo housing construction

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A Horticulturist, Ibrahim Salisu has trained over 100 unemployed youths in Kaduna on new sustainable technology in constructing houses using bamboo trees.

Salisu, who runs Teku International Farm Kaduna, said it is a new innovative technology that is less expensive and environmentally friendly.

He told journalists on Monday in Kaduna that the training was part of his contribution to ending global warming and other ecological challenges.

“The house is cheap, tough, strong and can equally last more than the normal buildings,” he said.

According to him, bamboo trees play important role in lowering light intensity and protect people against ultraviolet rays, and called on people to embrace the project.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Salisu is currently building a storey building in Kaduna using bamboo materials.

“Bamboo designed building raises hope for future infrastructure and hope for the poor to own houses with less money in both rural and urban center across the 36 states of Nigeria.

“We must know that Bamboo trees are very strong, tough and more than the forest wood from trees we use when constructing houses.

“It is clear that they are naturally eco-friendly, and bamboo is one of the fastest growing wild grasses on earth, as it reaches heights of full maturity in as little as three years and regenerates quickly after harvesting.”

He added that aside from bamboo’s rapid growth rate, it also prevents erosion, helps the soil retain water and aid moisture regulation throughout the rainy and dry seasons.

“Bamboo also absorbs more tons of CO2 than trees, due to its extreme growth rate,” Salisu added.

Commenting on the development, the Director, African Climate Reporters, Nurudden Bello, appreciated the project, adding that bamboo represents a great resource for eco-friendly buildings.

Bello who is a science-climatologist, urged people to stop indiscriminate felling of trees and bush burning, and use the raining season to plant trees.

He noted that desertification, deforestation and extraction of natural resources has forced millions of wildlife and humans into migration, as such people should learn to plant trees.

Bello urged federal and state governments to enforce laws against sale of charcoal and firewood to reduce the depreciation of forests. (NAN)

– Oct. 5, 2020 @ 15:25 GMT |

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