By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIA’S Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan will this morning launch a planting tree campaign dubbed ‘Dodoma Kijani’ means ‘Green Dodoma’ as the move to ensure the capital city becomes green from a semi-arid.
Samia Suluhu Hassan has asked companies dealing with lottery to support the government in planting trees countrywide to recover vegetation and fight climate change.
Speaking during the launching of tree planting programme in Dodoma on Thursday, December 21, 2017, VP said that trees play a crucial role in development of Tanzania.
“I urge betting companies operating in the country to support tree planting initiatives which are being launched by the government,” she said.
She said deserts threaten Tanzania since a big part of the country is facing environmental degradation.
Statistics show 61 percent of Tanzania’s land is in fear of desertification hence concerted efforts are needed to address the problem.
She called for restoration of vegetation and protection of water sources to fight the impact of climate change.
She said that the campaign should be implemented in Dodoma region and the rest of Tanzania due to its significance in environmental conservation particularly in fighting the impact of climate change.
Samia said that studies show that the increment of carbon dioxide emission in many areas is due to the booming number of industries and population growth, thus concerted efforts were needed between the government, private institutions, civil societies and citizens to conserve the environment and plant trees.
She also insisted leaders in their respective areas to make sure that trees are planted and come up with accurate statistics.
“Please do not lie about total number of trees that would be planted in your respective areas this would help the government to know campaign's reach,” she added.
After launching the programme, VP who was accompanied by the Minister of State in the Vice-President's Office (Union and Environment), January Makamba and the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Hamis Kigwangalla and that of Finance, Dr Philip Mpango planted some trees at Mzakwe area in Dodoma.
On his part, Minister Kigwangala said his ministry through Tanzania Forests Services (TFS) will distribute a total of 650,000 tree seedling plants this year.
He, however, said if necessary measures would not be taken, there is a threat that the country will turn into a desertion.
He underlined the importance of Dodoma residents to plant and protect trees, saying the exercise would not only mitigate the climate change catastrophe, but also would make the city beautiful.
"Everybody should take full responsibility in making sure that these trees grow to make our Dodoma city attractive.