By Jean Ndahimana
The Rwanda National Police (RNP) and the Ministry of Lands and Forestry a forestation exercise continue to gain momentum after other 12000 were planted in Ngororero District over the weekend.
Thousands of residents joined the police to plant the seedlings on a four-hectare land in Muhanda of Nganza Cell.
The partnership seeks to plant at 27, 000 hectares of trees across the country, with 22000 on agro forestry land and 5000 on hilly areas, in the next five years.
The vice mayor of Ngororero in charge of Social Affairs, while addressing the residents shortly after the planting exercise, hailed the existing collaboration between masses and police in human security and socio-economic development activities, including environmental protection.
She urged residents to protect the planted trees to grow in order to achieve the targeted environmental goals.
Officials said that global warming, ozone depletion and pollution are burning issues and the solution to these problems lies in planting more trees.
“Some of you have been caught cutting trees for charcoal burning and other things, Cutting of trees is not allowed unless you are authorized,” the vice mayor told the residents.
Senior Supt. Marc Gasangwa, the District Police Commander reiterated the commitment of RNP to protecting the environment and said the force remain fully engaged in any human development initiatives.
He seized the opportunity to call upon residents to keep security intact by utilizing community policing methods.
“We urge you to work together to improve your neighborhoods and report wrongdoers,” said SSP Gasangwa