Apr 28, 2017, 12:29 PM
Kudang Army Barracks and Lamin Koto Army Barracks at the weekend observed a massive tree planting exercise at their premises.
This followed a massive tree planting exercise conducted recently in various army barracks in the country, in collaboration with the department of forestry, spearheaded by forestry director Abdoulie Sanneh.
The exercises at the Kudang Army Barracks and Lamin Koto were coordinated by LT Max Sambou in collaboration with the Regional Forestry Officer in Central River Region, Cherno Gaye.
Speaking at the exercise, regional forestry officer Cherno Gaye expressed delight at the participation of the security officers during the exercise.
He said their willingness was a clear indication that members of the Gambia Armed Forces are soldiers with a difference who are in the country not only to protect lives and properties but have gone further to protecting the natural resources of the state.
Mr Gaye also told the soldiers that the importance attached to the forestry cannot be overemphasised as people are benefiting from the forest directly and indirectly; therefore, protecting the forest should not be left in the hands of the forest department alone. “It should be a collective effort and responsibility to ensure that our forest cover is well maintained,” he said. “The participation of the Gambia Armed Forces is not a small measure as far as forestry is concerned.”
He then encouraged the army to continue their good work, saying the forestry department will continue to collaboration with the Gambia Armed Forces to ensure the sustainability of the trees.
In an another development, Bansang Youth Development Association conducted a massive tree planting exercise at Bansang town coordinated by one Bubaccar Jallow, youth coordinator of the association.
Mr Gaye also used the opportunity to thank Bansang youths for their commitment and dedication towards national development.
He assured them that the forestry department is always ready to support any institution that is ready for national development.