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These Nigerian groups are part of 27 faith groups who have developed an environmental long-term plan. Read more about the long-term plans here.
Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja
The Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria has around one million members served by 270 priests and 550 reverend sisters. It runs 63 schools and 19 training facilities, educating 50,000 students, along with 28 organisations from women’s associations to young people’s groups.
In December 2010, its Archbishop John Onaiyekan attended a three-day event in London organised by ARC and the British Council for leading Christian and Muslim leaders in Nigeria to discuss environmental issues and the drawing up of a long-term plan on the environment. The Nigerian faith leaders met with HRH The Prince of Wales, the Anglican Bishop of London, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, the Lord Mayor of London and other British faith leaders and politicians.
As a result of that meeting, the Archdiocese of Abuja has drawn up a long-term plan of action on the environment and established Catholic Archdiocesan nurseries providing more than 5,000 seedlings to parishes, schools and non-Catholic institutions.
Its environmental plan aims to:
Green the environment by establishing nurseries and distributing seedlings to green school land and premises.
Plant trees and beautify Abuja streets/highways.
Integrate religious values into education for sustainable development in our faith schools and communities.
Engage in advocacy, networking and partnership with government and non-governmental organisations on climate change.
Qadiriyyah Movement in Nigeria
The Qadiriyyah Movement is Nigeria’s largest Islamic sect with an estimated 15 million followers in the country.
It has 1,500 full-time imams and muqaddams (spiritual representatives) largely in Northern and South Western states of Nigeria as well as in Northern Sudan, Niger, Chad, Togo, Cameroon and Ghana.
The movement runs 118 primary schools, 34 secondary schools, two theological colleges and has more than 8,000 affiliated mosques.
Khalifa Sheikh Qaribullah Nasir Kabara is the leader of the Qadiriyyah Sufi Movement in Nigeria and the entire West African region. He was one of four leaders who attended the ARC/British Council-organised visit of Nigerian leaders to the UK in November 2010 and who committed to drawing up a long-term plan of action on the environment.
The Qadiriyyah Movement has a programme in which its schoolchildren are given two tree seedlings to plant at the start of the school year; one to plant in the school orchard and one to take home. At the end of the year pupils are assessed on how well they have looked after their trees, and this contributes to half their academic marks.
Its environmental plan aims to:
Establish a 250,000 capacity tree nursery for the Qadiriyyah Movement in Kano and provide tree nursery management training.
Develop gardens and orchards in urban and rural Qadiriyyah schools.
Extend its poly bag pick-up campaign, under which schoolchildren pick up used plastic bags in their neighbourhoods, to schools throughout the Kano area.
Expand environmental education in schools and the wider community.