By JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU
Calabar—Worried by the menace of flood, which has rendered over 1,000 people homeless in Calabar, the Cross River State Government has embarked on a massive planting of indigenous tree species across the state.
Apart from checking the menace of erosion, the exercise, being executed through the state Forestry Commission is also expected to beautify the state.
It will be recalled that Governor Liyel Imoke had recently flagged off a three-year tree planting campaign in the state.
To ensure the success of the exercise, chairman of the state Forestry Commission, Mr. Odigha Odigha and his Board members in collaboration with local government chairmen and communities, had acquired large expanse of land in different communities for planting of unique species of trees.
In appreciation to the people of Orem and Neghe communities for embracing the initiative, a board member of the Forestry Commission, Ntufam Ntuyang, assured the people of the commission’s support in their efforts to keep the forest intact.
Investigations revealed that 17,000 seedlings are expected to be planted on 42 hectares of land donated by four communities in Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state.