Erosion Control: Rotary Club, NEWMAP Plant trees

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In an effort to combat the adverse effects of erosion in Akwa Ibom State and in support of the Environment’s health, the Rotary Club of Uyo, District 9142, has undertaken the task of planting trees to further safe lands from degradation.

The Rotary Club in collaboration with the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) engaged in the exercise on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at some selected sites in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.

Places visited for the trees planting were Uyo High School, Evangel Model School both located at the State capital city, Uyo. The team also toured St Luke’s Hospital, Anua gully erosion site and Dominique Utuk erosion control site.

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Speaking, the Pathfinder President Rotary Club of Uyo, Mr Ofonmbuk Nelson said “we are all aware of the climate change and from what we have seen at the different sites, everyone must agree that we have to come together for the protection of the environment by planting trees. We have done this over the years and Rotary is making it one of yearly focus activity.

Ofonmbuk Nelson also appreciated NEWMAP for availing themselves to point out the various sites that needed erosion control.

Mr Ifiok Ekott, the Social Safeguard and Livelihood Officer said the Rotary club of Uyo tree planting project for 2020 in collaboration with NEWMAP is an avenue to rescue land degradation in Nigeria and salvage erosion in Akwa Ibom State.

He stated that Akwa Ibom currently faces challenges of flooding and erosion but the major way to protect the soil is through tree planting which is why NEWMAP granted them the opportunity of partnership to help restore the earth.

On ground to receive the team at his school premises, Mr Michael Iwok, Principal of Uyo High School said Rotary club has been partnering with different bodies for the good of humanity and we are happy that they have extended their seed of goodwill to Uyo High School. We accept the trees with gratitude and I hope that the trees will be useful to posterity.

Some participating members of the tree project team were the State Programme Coordinator, Akwa Ibom State NEWMAP, Dr. Ubong Harrison, the Chairman of the tree planting committee, Prof. Okon Ansa, Rotaract Clubs of Uniuyo, Uniuyo Annex and Community based and other Rotarians.