Over 100 coconut seedlings transplanted at beach side

Monday, October 30, 2017

Rotarians drawn from four clubs in The Gambia led by the Rotary Club of Banjul over the weekend organised an open day tree planting exercise at beaches in Banjul.

The tree planting day was part of the Rotary international theme for this year for every Rotarian to plant a tree with the aim of curbing climatic change and encourage more rainfall to increase agricultural productivity in the country.

The exercise brought other prospective Rotarians and stakeholders from the UNHCR, MRC, GTBank, hoteliers, and youths among others, was held at the Lemon Creek Beach side to Bijilo Hotel and Swiss Bouquet Hotel, a newly-built one.

Speaking at the beach side, Minyan Jobe, Assistant District Governor 9101 responsible for the four Rotary clubs in The Gambia, said the initiative was spearheaded by the president of Rotary international 2017-2018 Ian Risley based in Australia.

He said one of the goals was to curb climate change and one of the strategies was by planting trees which would help the environment.

Mr Jobe said this year, their objective was to create awareness of Rotary in The Gambia in preparation for the forthcoming district conference slated to be held in The Gambia under the leadership of district governor-elect Rotarian Aki Allen.

He said they need more members in the rotary club so that they would be well represented, adding he hoped that the exercise would attract more members to come and join the various rotary clubs in The Gambia.

For his part, the president of the Rotary Club of Fajara, Obi also expressed similar sentiment, saying that 24 October was set aside by Gambian Rotarian clubs to kick start this exercise of tree planting.

He also indicated that the clubs planted coconut trees which have many economic, agricultural and socio food values to human beings.

He said a look at the environment clearly shows it has been seriously damaged by illegal felling of trees, adding that with this trend it would be difficult to arrest climatic change.

Also speaking, the president of Bijilo Rotary Club, Banky Njie, said the Rotary Club of Bijilo are very much delighted to be associated with the important event, saying that an international event like that called for a concerted effort to make it worthy of emulation.

He described the initiative as very timely and urged each Rotarian to plant tree while he thanked rotary international for setting aside the day for tree planting.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh