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Published On: Wed, May 10th, 2023

Lands Ministry Advocates For Compound Owners To Plant At Least A Tree

The Ministry of Lands, Regional Governments, Religious and NGO Affairs advocates for all Gambians who have homes to at least plant a tree in their compounds or at their gates, however without the obstruction of the roads. That the effectiveness of the tree planting will maintain the greenness of the environment with beautification and health.

In an interview with the VOD in relation to the ongoing implementations of the recommendations made at the recent cabinet retreat tasked by the late Vice President, AlieuBadaraJoof, the Minister of Lands, Regional Governments, Religious and NGO Affairs, Sheriff Abba Sanyang says that “my ministry is advocating for all Gambians who have homes, at least could plant a tree in their compounds or at their gates. Not to obstruct the road, this will definitely beautify the country.”

He called the need with care of the environment as the environment completely dictates people’s living, noting that “the more we take care of our environment, the more we are taking care of our lives. So the more we are neglecting our environment, in the same vain, we are neglecting our lives. So we need to mind our environment for a better living”. 

Honorable Sanyang noted with concern saying “but we don’t have to go clear a piece of land just to build a house and no growth of plant is left in that home, not even a flour inside that house, it is too dangerous for anybody to live by.”

“Land is one of the precious things we have a as a country and we need to carefully manage it well. People are building everywhere and anytime and in any form without permits. It is illegal, you cannot even build your compound or fence without permits,” he noted. He advised that to avert all these struggles for a state, he urged for all to be law abiding people and follow what is supposed to be done.

  “Let us leave out what is not commensurate with the living methods of Gambians.  You must not go without a permit. You must not also want to acquire permits illegally. Please let us follow the right channels for all documentations and have our allocations right. Let’s document our lands rightly and then obviously you will save yourselves and save government from the future troubles,” he advised.

However, he noted that anybody found culpable with this, the law will follow its suits to the end, while he urged the people concerned to link with the departments of lands, physical planning and the Ministry of Lands and Local Government.

He concluded that their doors are always open 24/7 and anybody who cannot visit them can call them for any clarity information and the clearing of any source of doubts they might have about any piece of land at any given time.

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