The Directorate of Campus-Green Initiative, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, has established a plant nursery geared towards raising 12, 000 tree seedlings  for the 2024 tree planting campaign.

Rep. of VC, Prof. Romanus Ejiaga (C) potting a plant at the event while DVC, Administration, Prof. Abel Ezeoha and others watch


While kicking-off the plant nursery which is located at the AE-FUNAI Green Village recently, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sunday Elom noted that the main goal of the university’s Campus-Green Initiative is to build one of the most beautiful and eco-friendly campuses in Nigeria.


He maintained that through the Initiative, the university has been able to plant over 50, 000 trees on campus, adding that the establishment of the Green Village was to promote and preserve the cultural and environmental heritage of the university.

Rep. of VC, Prof. Romanus Ejiaga speaking during the event

The Vice-Chancellor who was represented by his deputy in charge of Academic, Prof. Romanus Ejiaga commended the idea of raising 12, 000 tree seedlings meant for the 2024 green year, stressing that it would cut cost and also ensure that the 2024 target of the university in the area of tree planting is easily met.


He further encouraged the staff and students of the various faculties and departments to pool resources together to support the  Initiative, and charged the university security  to ensure that the tree seedlings were protected against theft and fire especially in this dry season.

Engr. Ifeanyi Chukwu (standing) speaking during the event

Earlier, the Director, Campus-Green Imitative, Engr. Ifeanyi Chukwu noted that the Green Village was the first of its kind in the Southeast, Nigeria, adding that when completed it will serve as a tourist Centre and inter-disciplinary research hub for Environmental, Biological and Physical Sciences as well as the Humanities because of its special components such as a natural pond, medicinal herbs, beehives, love garden etc., all situated in a natural habitat.


Chukwu further used the opportunity to call on members of the university community to either donate or adopt trees in order to support the green objectives of the university. In support of his clarion call, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Abel Ezeoha made a donation of Twenty Thousand Naira (N20, 000).  In addition, the University Librarian, Dr. Juliana Akidi, Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Prof. Nwabueze Elom, Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences, Prof. Omaka N. Omaka, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Engr. Prof. Charles Ezugwu Ag. Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Dr. Onuorah Nweke, Ag. Dean, Faculty of Law, Dr. Eseni Azu Udu, on behalf of their offices and faculties, also donated N20, 000 each.

Director, Campus-Green Initiative, Engr. Ifeanyi Chukwu (R) presenting a bowl of roasted yams and palm oil to the rep. of VC, Prof. Romanus Ejiaga at the event


The Ag. Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Employability, Dr. Emmanuel Nweze pledged the sum of N10, 000 and over 30 boxes for beehives while   Dr. Uche Ufere-Okoroafor, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor’s office made a pledge of N10, 000 even as the Ag, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. Christiana Igberi assured of her faculty’s support to the project.

Rep. of VC, Prof. Romanus Ejiaga leading the inspection tour of the AE-FUNAI Green Village

The major highlights of the event were an inspection tour of the Green Village with a special visit to a natural pond situated in the village, potting of plants and serving of roasted yams with palm oil to invited guests.

Natural pond located in the Green Village