[From CHINEDU NWAFOR, Abakaliki]
Governor David Umahi has directed all government officials in the State to plant a minimum of 100 trees.
Umahi who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe on Thursday on the occasion of flag of this year’s free tree planting, said the directive was compulsory to all concerned.
He also charged residents of the State to plant trees in their localities.
He noted tree planting was one of the things that enhances beautify of environment, adding that the ability and the consciousness in the people who planted the trees to maintain them was a more superior effort to making the environment clean.
He expressed dismay that some of the trees already planted before this year were suffering stunted growth, due to lack of care
Remarking, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Dave Umahi on Environment, Prince Sunday Ugwuocha, said over five million trees would be planted across the State this year to confront the adverse effects of climate change.
He noted that the state free tree planting policy had been trickled down to the primary schools in the state.
“Tree planting is part of our life style in the ministry of environment but this year alone we want to recreate a kind of pre-consciousness among the people of Ebonyi state, the need for us to confront the adverse effects of climate change.
“We are looking at planting over five million trees and that is why we have trickled down this exercise to the primary schools. In the primary schools, the pupils have started to plant trees, teachers and other staff are expected to plant trees likewise in the secondary schools.
“At the local government areas the same thing, at the state levels, all the MDAs and government officials are expected to plant at least 100 trees. These trees must be planted in such a way that they will not have much deficiency from growth”, he said.