LAKKI MARWAT - Lakki Marwat Deputy Commissioner Syed Mujeebur Rehman inaugurated the tree plantation drive by sowing a sapling on the premises of his office on Wednesday.

Among others, DFO Muhammad Idrees Khattak, SDFO Muhammad Yaqoob, CDO Rafiullah and CMO Abdul Wahid Khattak were present on the occasion. Forest officials said that the area of forests would be increased in the district by ensuring plantation on large tract of land.

"Besides the department will launch an awareness campaign to engage community in the tree plantation drive and to realize the value of plantation of trees and green environment," they maintained.

DC Mujeeb underlined the need for initiating concerted efforts to increase timberlands so as to make environment clean and free from pollution. He said that forests helped to overcome the menaces of land erosion, pollution, expansion of deserts and land degradation.

"The forestry sector also plays a vital role in the socio-economic development of the country," he told.

He asked the officials of forest department to protect forests from timber mafia and utilize all out resources to ensure proper look after of trees. He also directed the forest officials to involve people from all segments of society to make the tree plantation drive a success

MNA valuates performance 

Officials of education department and teachers witnessed a real change on Wednesday when Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf MNA Col (Retd) Ameerullah Khan Marwat evaluated students and checked their notebooks during surprise inspection visits to the schools.

The lawmaker inspected primary and higher secondary schools in Abakhel and Bakhmal Ahmadzai localities where he went to all classes from nursery to grade ten. He evaluated the performance of students by taking a question answer session with them.

He also talked to the teachers on curriculum and co-curriculum activities. DDEO Haji Khalid Wahab, ADEO Nisar Muhammad Ghaznikhel, ASDEO Qadeer Shah and member community support group Haji Zarwali Khan also accompanied him on the occasion.

The day really heralded a change as Ameerulah spent the day in schools taking aback the teachers and officials as well. 

There was an embarrassing situation for some teachers who feared that students' evaluation by the MNA would expose their poor performance.

The PTI MNA expressed his dissatisfaction over the cleanliness condition in Abakhel school and urged the management and teachers to develop civic sense among students and engage them in classrooms cleanliness competitions.

He also directed the principal of Abakhel school to depute subject specialists for teaching science subjects to the students of nine and ten grades.

He assured that he would use his influence to appoint a subject specialist for Urdu subject and set up a computer lab besides resolve the drinking water problem.

He also assured that he would approach quarters concerned for the construction of additional classrooms and appointment of additional teachers in a primary school at Bakhmal Ahmadzai village.

Meanwhile, MNA Ameerullah also inaugurated a mother and child healthcare centre at a basic health unit in Bakhmal Ahmadzai. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Initiative (KPHI) has established the centre to provide better healthcare facilities to the women and children of remote areas.

The lawmaker said that with the establishment of MCH centre area people would get rid of carrying their ailing females and children to

the hospitals in big cities. He said that operationalisation of basic health units had reduced the influx of patients on major hospitals in other towns of the district.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Initiative DSM Ihsanullah, DHO Dr Abdul Ghaffar and area elders attended the inaugural ceremony.