Gov Ayade Launches the Green Carnival
The governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has revealed that 58 percent of the forest in Nigeria is situated in the state thus making the state the largest forest reverse area in Nigeria.
The Governor disclosed that his administration is working towards increasing the percentage to over 70 percent through a deliberate tree planting strategies and policies that have been initiated in the state.
Ayade stated this while making his remarks at the Green Carnival to flag off the state government’s tree-planting campaign to plant one million trees in the state.
“With our effort today, we are spinning it up to 68 percent. The question we are to ask is what is the world doing for Cross River State?
Gov Ayade Planting A Tree
“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”.
Ayade disclosed that the about one million trees to be planted by the state government would serve as a replacement for the about 28,000 trees bulldozed down by the state government during the land clearing for the construction of superhighway project.
The governor said it was his resolve to increase the vegetation of cross river state that trees cut down for one reason or the other has to be replaced. This according to him was the reason behind the N100million which he earmarked in this year’s budget to cater for the planting of trees stressing that the amount is going to be increased to N500million in next year’s budget.