Now with the endorsement of the Mandela Family and the Delta State Government, the Garden of 95 Trees for Mandela at the International Airport in Asaba, capital of Delta State will be commissioned on the Third (3rd) of October 2013 by the Mandela Family led by Ndaba Mandela. The state governor, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan will unveil the Mandela Statue.
Dr Newton Jibunoh is partnering with the Delta State Government to plant 95 trees in Asaba signifying Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. Jibunoh plans to retire to the Mandela Gardens to manage it by himself.
“I will run the park for the rest of my life as the keeper,” Jibunoh says in his Lagos Island Didi Museum office, adding, “My family will have to come and visit me there. They know my passion. It helps that the project is situated at the airport. They can always fly in and fly out. I believe Asaba provides a conducive atmosphere better than Lagos, London or New York!” He then adds this info: “I’ll build myself a small hut where I will live to keep it.”
Earlier, Dr Jibunoh, who supervised the planting of the trees at the garden stated that the Asaba garden makes it four in the world; one in New York, another in London, while one is in South Africa, asserting that the garden will be one of the major tourist attractions in the country as visiting Heads of State and important dignitaries visiting Nigeria will visit the garden to plant a tree in honour of Mandela.