MINISTER of State in the Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment) Dr Selemani Jafo has unveiled plan of planting 267 million trees this year (2023), urging all Tanzanians to join forces of planting trees and protecting the environment to revert effects of global warming.
“I urge all Tanzanians in urban and rural settings to heed President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s call of joining efforts to conserve environment for our own development,” Dr Jafo said during an exercise of planting 100 trees in areas surrounding Kijazi Interchange in Dar es Salaam, yesterday.
In achieving this year’s target, each of the 184 district councils country has been tasked to plant an average of 1.5 million trees.
He further warned Tanzanians against cutting down trees that have been planted in order to maintain greenish and cleanliness at homes and public places.
“The main goal is to realize President Samia’s Vision and implement her directives on environment protection and tree planting. So let us all raise up and join forces since planting trees is important for our lives and that of future generations,” the minister insisted.
The Campaign in Dar es Salaam, which was organized by Twende Pamoja organization, was also attended by Ubungo District Commissioner Kheri James.
In his speech while welcoming the Minister, Mr James called upon residents in his district, petty traders in particular to adhere to environmental safety and cleanliness and ensure they conduct businesses designated places.
Youths from different parts of the Ubungo district took part in the cleaning and tree planting campaign in district’s streets. Activities included removing garbage from water trenches to allow smooth flow of rainy water, hence, to avoid floods.