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Mandela Garden: Family to attend inauguration in Asaba

10 September 2013, 20:04

Asaba - Family members of former South African President Nelson Mandela are expected to attend  the inauguration of the Mandela Garden in Asaba, the Coordinator, Chief Newton Jibunoh, said on Tuesday.

Jibunoh, also the founder of  Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE), an NGO, made this known at a forum organised by the Delta council of the NUJ in Asaba.

He said that the establishment of the garden, located at the Asaba International Airport by the Delta Government, was at the request of the former president.

The environmentalist explained that Mandela’s request was in appreciation of the efforts of  the Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan-led administration, toward environmental protection.

Jibunoh said that no fewer than 98 trees had already been planted in the garden, adding that each of the invitees to the event, would plant one tree during the ceremony.

According to him, his experience during his travel from Europe to Africa by road inspired him to fight against climate change and desertification.

“I want to assure you that the project will soon be inaugurated and I will ensure that four of Mandela’s family members will be here and plant trees in the garden.”

The environmentalist said that he was already training some youths in the state, on how to fight against the challenges of climate change.

“I have started training young environmentalists to have the same passion that I have for climate change.

“If I have the required support, I will like to train more youths and also take them on expedition.''

He expressed regret that Nigerians had not taken his campaign on the need to protect the environment seriously, until the 2012 flooding occurred in the country. 



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