The United Nations (UN) team led by the Resident Coordinator, (RC) Mr Edward Kallon were in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital for a 2-days retreat where they also launched Spotlight Initiative in Nigeria.
The team which arrived on Thursday, the 11th day of July 2019, joined the wife of the Governor, Dr Linda Ayade who is leading the campaign to plant at least 27,000 trees before the end of the year.
The Tree Planting Campaign was used to mark the end of the wonderful UN retreat and Visit to Cross River. The RC of the UN said climate change is real and we must save the planet!
The Governor, Senator Ben Ayade represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Esu on behalf of the Cross River State Government during his speech at the UN retreat solicited to our August visitors to plant a Tree in CRS before leaving to support the Dr Linda Ayade’s Tree Planting Campaign.
This they obliged and got heads of all the UN agencies that make up the UN country team to symbolically leave their foot print behind by planting a tree in our dear state to reduce effect of climate change. SDG 13
On the morning of Saturday, the 13th day of July, over twenty (20) UN team members were led by Her Excellency, the First Lady, Dr Linda Ayade to Cross River State House of Assembly complex for the Tree Planting exercise as the UN team members all planted a Tree each.
She said the state is on a drive to plant 5 trees for each tree lost during the construction of Super Highway. “We are taking very urgent action to combat climate change and it’s impact” ones we finish with the 27000 trees, we will begin the 1 million tree campaign and everyone has a role to play, am happy the UN supports this drive”, Linda Ayade added.
Also speaking, Dr Betta Edu the former Director General (DG), Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA) promised to help the UN team nurture their trees.
Dr Betta in her words; “Today, you have all contributed to the Tree Planting Campaign of our beloved First Lady, Dr Linda Ayade, CRS is very proud of you all for leaving behind this outstanding legacy that our children will witness”.
“Trees will be named according to the people who planted them”.
“The CRS Governor, Sen Ben Ayade will be very pleased with this development as he’s always very passionate to ensure the state remains Clean and Green”.
Continuing, She applauded the Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Esu and thanked Her Excellency, Dr Linda Ayade for her tremendous support during the UN visit.
“please visit CRS again during the Carnival with your families from various countries”, Edu added.
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