Through the PSSNYE’s Green Public Works,NaCSA Ends the Community Engagement Workshop on TreePlanting
Freetown City Council Hall, 9th October 2023 – The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has ended a day community engagement workshop on tree planting. The primary objective of the engagement was to mobilize community stakeholders, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, local businesses, educational institutions, and concerned citizens, to actively participate in a comprehensive tree-planting initiative
It could be recalled that the Productive Social Safety Net and Youth Employment (PSSNYE) project was launched with the objective of improving access to social safety nets and income-generating opportunities for targeted beneficiaries. The project covers all sixteen districts, targeting 100,000 beneficiary households. The provision of Green Public Works (GPW) in Urban Areas is one of the PSSNYE’s subcomponents with activities that improve sanitary infrastructure and environmental restoration to improve climate resilience; and activities that support mitigation and adaptation from climate change.
Speaking to the community representatives and on behalf of the Commissioner, the Senior Director of Programme Development and Quality Assurance – Dr Susan Robert extended special greetings from the Commissioner, Deputy and Senior Management of NaCSA. She noted that the Commissioner and deputy would have loved to be in attendance but they have to respond to issues that are germane to national development. ‘’… at this point, we have to accept that deforestation is the product of our activities and as such we have to take collective and deliberate actions to rebuild our greening environment.’’ She ended.
The Director of Programmes – Md. Regina Saffa noted that human actions have greatly affected the environment and called on every Sierra Leonean to take environmental safety as a priority. ‘’ There is a need to ensure that we protect our environment in a conscious way that generations beyond will be grateful. Therefore, environmental safety is everyone’s concern regardless of position or educational status, there is an urgent call for action. ‘’ she concluded
Maada Ngombu is NaCSA’s Director of Field Operations; he reiterated the importance of tree planting noting that concrete and collective actions will be taken. ‘’We have seen the expressed commitment from the community representatives and certainly, it will be demonstrated when they return to their community.” He noted.
The various representatives committed their unrivalled support to ensure that the tree-planting endeavour led by the Freetown City Council and NaCSA will be a success.
For further information on this and other matters, please contact:
The Information, Education and Communication Unit