The ‘Choua choua’ botanical Garden was handed to the Nkambe Council by the Founder Farmer Tantoh of CYFA, an NGO with a branch office in Winsconston USA, in an official Ceremony presided at by the Divisional Officer Nkambe in the presence of Divisional Delegates of MINEDEP, MINFOF, MINADER, the Divisional President of CNYC Donga Mantung, Marcel Abanda, Sub chiefs of Binju and others.
Farmer Tantoh before handing the documents to the Mayor of Nkambe presented the conception of the Garden which was conceived by him in 1999 and approved by Nkambe Council in 2006 with the aim of creating a community centre and a place where the environment is cherished. In the memorandum of agreement, he (Nformba Diedonne Tantoh Alias Farmer Tanto) conditioned that the council should deploy three staff including a Manager to keep the Garden up to date. This Gardern should not be politicized.
The Environment Delegate reiterated the importance of the “Town Green” and said his Ministry is supporting councils in such ventures. He continued that the Ministry of Environment had supported farmer Tantoh in one of his trips abroad where he won a medal. The beneficiary of the Garden Nkambe Council Mayor Ngabir Paul Banter in a joyous mode appreciated the gift and promised the donor that the Nkambe council will continue with the vision of famer Tantoh:
“We talk about Youth unemployment, everybody is moving with a bag of documents and all the like; this is a gentlemen who has travelled all over the world by creating an image for himself in this self employed idea. “I am a personal beneficiary of farmer Tantoh standing here for the daughter who is a Journalist wrote about farmer Tantoh and won a Prize which she receives at the African Union Head Quarters”.
The Mayor highlighted the importance of the Garden to the Council and accepted to abide by the terms of the memorandum of understanding. He promised that the Nkambe council will do more and will work with other partners for the success and extension of the Garden and to maintain the heritage, adding that with ANAFOR, the council has applied for 30.000 trees to protect the water catchment in Nkambe Town for CDE to have water to sell the population.
The DO highly appreciated the donor for initiating and handing over the project to the council. “It is the Nkambe council contribution toward the State in the fight against Biodiversity conservation. The garden will be one of the main components of Nkambe Council’s identity”. He assured Tanto that the administration will follow up the success of the Garden.
By Marcel Abanda in Nkambe