NEWS | NGO
By Lonjezo Idrissa
Residents around Ndangopuma Hill in Zomba have been urged to make their area green again by planting more trees and replenish all bare grounds there.
Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO)’s Executive Director, McBain Mkandawire made the remarks when his organization, through its Go-Green project, planted 5000 assorted tree seedlings around the area recently.
Mkandawire said his organization wants to revive the ‘dying’ mountain so as to make Lake Chilwa flow again. Ndangopuma Hills hosts some rivulets that feed Lake Chilwa.
“We want to ensure that the hill is refurbished; in the process, controlling soil erosion and make Lake Chilwa alive again. As you’re aware, waters from Ndangopuma hill flow into the lake. We all know that this year lake Chirwa dried up and this is not healthy for our country,” Mkandawire said.
During the exercise, minus officials from YONECO, a cross section of the youths also took part. This, according to Mkandawire, was a positive development as the gesture has shown that the youths can indeed actively participate in meaningful national development.
“We are making the youth participate in social development. You cannot build a young person who is going to be environmentally sensitive when they are 45 years old. We are beginning to be sensitising them so they should understand the importance of the environment and then from there,s they should be taking action towards environmental degradation.” He enlightened.
Part of the dignitary that graced the occasion included Zomba City Mayor, Christopher Jana, District Youth Officer (DYO), and various leaders from the civil society.