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Ayade Inaugurates Green Police, Pledges N37.5m Monthly Salary

Posted: May 26, 2016 at 10:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nsa Gill

Calabar – Senator Ben Ayade, Cross River State Governor, has inaugurated 1,500 youths into a newly established Green Police Volunteer force with a pledge to pay them at least N25, 000 each, totally N37.5million in additional wage monthly on the state.

Speaking to the enthusiastic youths at U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, venue of the inauguration on Thursday, the governor noted that their main assignment was to protect the state forest reserves from illegal loggers and criminals.

He inspected a parade by the volunteers and charged them to ensure that activities of illegal loggers in the state come to an end.

He said, “if a-forestation was neglected, in the next 25 years, we will not have oxygen to breath. Cross River State has decided to take the initiative by ensuring that we start afforestation and maintaining a clean and green world.”

Adding “we must protect the state from the harshness of the Harmattan, from the encroachment of the desert, so every one of us must recognize the value and dignity that comes with the innovation.”

The governor assured that none of the volunteers will earn less than N25, 000 monthly, and that their “salary is going to be a good salary, because you are the men and women who will toil to provide oxygen for everybody else.”

He further charged them “to police every border, every exit point out of the state, police it and man it. When you compromise, you have compromised your conscience and when you compromise your conscience, remember that God is watching you, Protect those trees, they have got lives as they share direct relationship with humans, so protect them, show them care, love them for you have the force of Law signed by the governor of this state. Your responsibility is therefore; to save mankind that is why God created you, to protect lives. You have a responsibility beyond physical materialism, your responsibility is spiritual, it is from God.

When you save a tree, you save a life. For every single forest, God has put in it medicine, food and everything mankind needs, hence the need to protect and manage the forest jealously,” the governor stated.

Earlier, Commissioner for Climate Change and Forestry, Dr. Alice Ekwu, disclosed that since the Green Police will be tackling a global problem, negotiations were on top gear with international organisations to take part in funding the volunteers.

Highlights of the event was the commissioning of 25 pickup trucks for the Green Police and the anti- deforestation task force.