By Adama Makasuba
The Kanifing Municipal Council in collaboration with the Bakau Environment Movement has planted five thousand mangrove trees in Cape Point, Bakau as part of its fight against climate change in the country.
“The project will plant 190, 000 trees over three years to improve resilience, biodiversity, air quality, and increase the quality of life of its residents.
“This will be done through a participatory process involving all stakeholders. In a similar engagement, the project provided the All Gambia Forestry Platform (AGFP) with 1000 trees that were planted at the Old Cycle tract in Kotu. The tree planting exercise was also carried out on the same day (27/08/22). Therefore, any individuals, organization, or youth group interested in planting trees in the Municipality can reach out to the project team at the main KMC headquarters,” mayor Ahmed Talib Bensouda said.
Meanwhile, mayor Ahmed Talib Bensouda also said the youth are the engine of the country and they are very interested and passionate about football and sports in general.
“The footballs are not much because it’s just 15 footballs per team. It will not give them all they need, but it’s just a start to help improve the Championships and the ‘Nawettans’ in their zones. This year, KMC will begin the construction of 7 parks, and each park will have a football pitch, which will be a six-a-side football pitch.
“It will also have an outdoor gym and children’s playground. We will start the construction by next month (September 2022). The first will be at the Buff zone and the second one will be at Bakau and the five will be separated around the municipality,” he said.
He said that sports can create income and be a powerhouse if smartly invested in, and urged other regional administrations and the Government to invest more in grassroots football saying “the youth of the country can do more if little is invested in them”.