Nigerian students in Kuching yesterday planted trees for the third consecutive year as a way to express their appreciation for the opportunity given to them in the city to pursue their studies.
The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘The Stride for Excellence’.
In conjunction with Kuching City North Commission’s (DBKU) Environmental Awareness program, the students planted 33 trees at the old State Legislative Assembly, DUN, building.
At a press conference after the tree planting ceremony, DBKU deputy director Jumaini Haili said, “The 40 students from Unimas, Swinburne, Inti and LimKokWing planted two types of trees.”
Meanwhile, LimKokWing Business Management and Globalization Faculty principal lecturer Margaret Ekisowei said the celebration was held in Kuching as there was a fair number of Nigerians living here.
According to her, “There are about 300 Nigerian students studying here and all of them are involved in the Independence Day celebration.”
The aim of the celebration was to provide opportunities for Nigerian students in the community to be good and responsible citizens of their country and to the community in Kuching and state at large.
Ekisowei added, “It is hoped that the event would help re-ignite the passion for community building, rejuvenate the spirit of patriotism and promote unity amongst Nigerians students in Sarawak. A little goes a long way where environmental friendliness is concerned and this event helps contribute to the creation of a greener environment.”
Another event held for the Nigerian Independence Day is a match between Sandfield FC and Sigat United FC yesterday at Padang B, State Stadium.
For the finale, a Nigerian Independence Day Dinner will be held at The Banquet on Oct 2 at 7.30pm.
Kuching, formerly the City of Sarawak, is the capital and most populous city of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is the largest city on the island of Borneo, and the fourth largest city in Malaysia.