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
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
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
“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.