Dubbed, ‘Tigo Green for Kili’ Project, the tree planting campaign is aimed to restore forest cover at Africa’s rooftop which scientists fear may lose its glacier cup because of global warming blamed on deforestation, among other factors.
The initiative which kicked off in February this year targets to plant 28,000 trees and so far the telco and its partners have already contributed over 2,000 tree seedlings. Speaking in Hai District earlier this week during a handover ceremony of the seedlings, Tigo Tanzania’s Northern Zone Territory Manager, Daniel Mainoya said the telco has embarked on the exercise to plant trees that will help in restoring the rush environment around Mt Kilimanjaro.
“Africa’s snow cap has been decreasing for the past four years due to global warming, cutting down of trees for firewood, illegal logging and forest fires,” Mainoya said adding that TFS’ donation will boost the project.
“As I applaud this gesture from TFS, let me also inform other stakeholders that we continue to receive tree seedlings, which we plan to plant on the world environment day set to be held on the 5th of June,2021,” he added.
In remarks at the ceremony, TFS Northern Zone Manager, Edward Shilogile commended Tigo for coming up with the noble project to conserve the trees around Mt Kilimanjaro. “As the agency given the mandate to protect natural forests in Tanzania, we were really moved by Tigo’s Green for Kili project hence decided to donate 10,000 tree seedlings,” Shilogile said.
He said the afforestation of the whole Kilimanjaro Region is TFS’ objective hence Tigo’s support simply aligns well with the agency. “I believe we are a step closer to reaching our target of contributing to a greener Kilimanjaro for future generations. I urge all stakeholders to join forces and donate tree seedlings so that the great Mount Kilimanjaro can continue to maintain its snow cap,” Shilogile stressed.