observance of World Environment Day, National Environment Agency (NEA) and
ECOBANK Saturday engaged in a tree planting exercise at the Bakoteh dumpsite
and Bakau praying ground.
Representing the Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Pateh Jah said Gambia’s natural vegetation, which includes forest cover and woodlands are gradually depleting due to the threat posed by human activities which leads to environmental degradation. “The government through the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources has embarked on tree planting exercises not only in the forest but in communities in order to mitigate deforestation and improve the environment,” he said.
Madam Salama Njie, representing the Mayor of Kanifing Municipality said they would give ECOBANK and NEA the fullest support to encourage the endeavor. “We have just inaugurated the sanitation and environment committee of the KMC and almost 2/3 of our annual budget is dedicated to environment because cleansing service alone takes almost 65 million dalasi of our annual budget,” she revealed.
She said Bakoteh dumpsite is a national issue, saying it is not only KMC residents that are dumping their household waste there but also those from Banjul and Brikama. She called for national approach to solve the problem.
According to her, trees are life, assuring that they will support tree-planting activities and actively participate in them to protect and improve the environment.
Dawda Badjie from NEA said trees increase quality of life by bringing natural elements and wildlife habitats into urban settings. “Planting tress in cities to deflect the sunlight reduces the heat of island effects caused by pavement and commercial buildings.”
Mr. Badjie emphasised the importance of trees, commending Ecobank for coming up with initiative of supporting lives by planting trees to green The Gambia.
Josephine Anan Ankomah, managing director of Ecobank said sustainability is at the core of Ecobank’s mission and vision of building a world-class pan-African bank that contributes to the integration and socio-economic development of the continent.
She said a report by their Pan-African presence gives them not only many advantages but also imposes on them a huge responsibility.