#National News

City Link Ostend Banjul launches 10,000 school nursery fruits trees

Jun 14, 2022, 12:44 PM | Article By: Fatou Dem

As part of its Banjul Greening component, the Ostend Banjul project recently launched its 10,000 school nursery fruit and flower trees initiative targeting 10 schools within Banjul at a ceremony held at Campama Primary School in Banjul.

The programme was coordinated by Development Oriented Citizens of Banjul and the West African Bird Study Association (WABSA) as key stakeholders of the Banjul Greening component. The City-Link Ostend Banjul is being funded by the European Union.
The exercise seeks to have Ten Thousand nurseries of different fruit and flower trees within the participating schools in Banjul.

Alfusainey Gano, City Link Project Manager Gambia, said the project intends to work with students and their schools to fight climate change in Banjul.

Gano acknowledged that climate change has a direct impact on the lives of the people, saying to address it, communities should take part in solving the problem.

"If you take a walk at the along the beach of Banjul, then you will realize that there is a lot of damage done which is caused by us. The option has been given to us to remedy the situation. We can't fix it all but we can participate in making the environment better for all of us.” he said.

Gano indicated that one of the components of City Link Ostend is the Greening of Banjul.

Also speaking, Lamin Jobateh, executive director of WABSA, said the objective of the City Link partnership is for sustainable development; being funded by the European Union under the 2018 Euro aid ‘Call authorities partnership for sustainable cities.’
"The objective of the project is to strengthen the urban governance capacity of the Banjul City Council by developing efficient public service and future-proof programs for the city of Banjul.”

He thus thanked the European Union for funding the project and City Link Banjul project for partnering with WABSA.

He, however, urged participating schools to ensure the success of the nurseries in their various schools, further challenging school authorities to take good care of the materials given to them.

The target seedlings they intend to plant in the 14 schools include;100 Moringa;100 Orange;100 sesups;100 lemon;100 Mango;100 Pawpaw;100 seeds;50 peya;50 Baobab Seeds;50 Jar fruits;50 Umbrella Trees and 50 cacao