The Rotary Club of of Port Harcourt GRA, began a tree-planting campaign in public schools in Rivers State as part of the support of Rotary International to the environment.
Speaking with newsmen at the commencement of the campaign at Model Primary School, Elekahia in Port Harcourt City local government area of the state, President of Rotary Club of Port Harcourt GRA, Veronique Tabai, said support to the environment was Rotary International’s seventh area of focus.
Tabai said: “Support for the environment is currently one of the issues that Rotary International is paying attention to as our seventh area of focus.
“So, we are here in furtherance to that focus of Rotary International. Elekahia School will not be the last; certainly, there will be other places even along the streets.”
Also speaking, Past-Assistant Governor of Rotary International District 9141, Arthur Kalagbor, said the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt GRA were only complementing the efforts of the Rivers State government.
Kalagbor said: “You can see that this compound has received a lot of attention from the Rivers State government. We are here to complement the efforts of the state government by beautifying it.
“There is the need for this compound to have trees. We chose this school because the tree planting project will lift the outlook of this school. Secondly by coming here, we believe that we can pass on a message to the pupils in this school to care for the environment.”
Responding, Head-Teacher of Model Primary School, Elekahia, Maureen Ejekwu, expressed gratitude to members of Rotary Club of Port Harcourt GRA, for choosing the school as first port of call for the tree-planting campaign.
Ejekwu said: “Members of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt GRA are just simply amazing. We are grateful and we say a very big thank you to them. I always advertise them anywhere I go because their programmes and projects are life-touching.”