By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”Edo State Government has concluded plans to plant one million trees in the next few years, adding that 350 waste bins and sweeper trucks had been purchased with a view to improving the sanitary conditions ofÂ markets in the state.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Clem Agba, who disclosed this in an interview with Vanguard,Â said the state government was collaborating with a non-governmental organiaation,Â Association of Benebel Strebel, based in Spain, in the tree planting exercise.
According to him, the tree planting campaign kicked off last week when the entire members of the State Executive Council visited the Ehor Forest and planted the Adams Oshiomhole peace tree. â€œWe invited this NGO in Spain for the World Environment Day celebration for 2010, to partner with us in the planting of one million trees in the Ehor Forest Reserve.
So they came during the celebration of the World Environment Day. We went to the Ehor Forest, the team was led by the Deputy Governor and the entire members of the state exco, where we planted the Adams Oshiomhole peace tree.
â€œThe group is committed to world peace and for them, the symbol for peace is the tree. We also formally launched the tree planting campaign for the year 2010. The group is planting 10,000Â trees in the forest reserve. The state has given them 400 hectares of land to plant the one million trees. For this year, they are planting 8,000 tick trees and 2,000 Moringa trees. And Moringa, you know, is medicinal and edible,â€ he said.
On the sanitary equipments purchased by the state government, Mr Agba said,Â â€œwe have brought in about 350 waste bins.
These are galvanized and 1,100 liters. We also brought in 500 liter bins which we will put in our garden. We have taken deliveries of three role up trucks. They are able to carry receptacles of about 23 tick long,Â which we intend to use in the markets to support the local government areas and improve the sanitary condition of our market.â€