Prof Ben Ayade, the governor of Cross River State, has announced that an executive order requiring all landlords to plant four trees per property will be issued soon.
He stated this in Calabar on Tuesday during the opening of the 2021 Green Carnival, which has the theme of ‘Go Green.’
“We’re going to have an executive order, followed by a bill in the House of Assembly demanding that every single landlord plant at least four trees each house,” Ayade said.
“This will give sufficient tree cover, as most roofs in Calabar were blown away during a storm.
“These trees would have saved us the misery of trying to fix our dwellings if we had them.
“We want to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and it is our responsibility to ensure that at no time do you drive through the streets of Calabar and have the sun at the back of your car.
“The top of your car should go through a canopy and this programme is intended to actually start the planting of trees.”
Speaking on illegal logging, Ayade said he was liaising with the state House of Assembly to change the forest laws.
He stated, “Because of the massive invasion of our forests by illegal loggers, we are going into consultation with the House of Assembly to perhaps move from absolute conservation to forest management.
“We are going to review our forest laws to guarantee continuous planting of trees and not having to wait for the annual green carnival to plant trees.”
Ayade said his administration had acquired a tree transplanting machine to enable it to transplant trees from one part of the state to another.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mfon Basset, said the state’s quest to achieve a green economy had come to stay and lauded the governor for putting in place policies and programmes like the carnival to preserve the state.