CRSG Budgets N500 Million For Tree Planting In 2020

The Cross River government has budgeted N500 million for tree planting next year as against N100 million used this year for the planting of one million trees.
Gov Ben Ayade disclosed this in Calabar while flagging off the state government tree planting campaign recently.  
Ayade, who had earlier declared a public holiday for the purpose of the event which attracted the company of Abia governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, encouraged every Cross Riverian and residents of the state to take part in the Green Carnival.
He asked individuals, schools, homes, churches, mosques, ministries, government agencies and departments, banks, hospitals and all business premises to plant trees.
Ayade stated that 58 percent of the trees covering Nigeria are found in Cross River State stressing that that percentage is going to be increased to 68 percent.
“We, therefore, want the entire world to acknowledge the fact that this state has shut down all activities to participate in the tree planting campaign,” he said.
He said about one million trees to be planted by the state government would serve as a justification for the about 28,000 trees bulldozed by the state government during  its  course of   landscaping for the construction of a superhighway project.
The governor stated that it was in his quest to increase the vegetation of Cross River where trees cut down for one reason or the other are to be replaced.
He said that it was the reason behind the N100m which he earmarked in this year’s budget to cater for planting of trees, stressing that the amount is going to be increased to N500m in next year’s budget.
He said, “I made a budget of N100m for this year to take care of planting  of trees; I promise to get the same  budget increased to N500m next year,” calling on young Cross Riverians to plant, raise seedlings so that they can make money from the venture by next year. 
Ayade stated that the state government has set aside the N5m to reward any of the ministries department and agencies, (MDAs) that comes first in the tree planting exercise.
The Abia governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, lauded Gov Ben Ayade for the initiative, stressing that Ayade is a generational politician whose looks go beyond elections, but looking at the future of the state.
Ikpeazu said that the one million tree planting exercise embarked upon by Gov. Ben Ayade would help in placing the state in the global map of climate change.


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