Government’s much-awaited ‘Green Ghana’ project which seeks to transform and restore the country’s forestry sector will commence today (Friday) June, 11th 2021.
‘Green Ghana’ is an initiative by the government of Ghana through the Ministry for Lands and Natural Resources that aims at planting five million trees in a single day across the country.
Speaking on the maiden project, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel AbdulaiJinapor has called on Ghanaians to rally behind government decision to plant some five million trees across the country.
According to him, as it stands now, the country lacks economic trees which can aid the sustainable development of the country, hence the need for all and sundry to participate in the agenda.
He noted that all necessary arrangements have been done to ensure that the country pull off a successful tree planting exercise today.
“We are very much prepared for the event as we are ready to plant some five milliontrees across the country in a way of investment for the future. We are talking about the Timber, Wawa, Nim, Rosewood, Shea trees,” he said.
He explained that the exercise would commence with President Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo, Vice President AlhajiMahamuduBawumia, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, and the Chief Justice, KwasiAninYeboah, planting trees.
He called on individuals and organization to join agenda to plant trees to help the purpose of the exercise.
In addition, the Lands and Natural Resources Minister noted that his outfit will set up a monitoring and evaluation team to surveil the progress of the trees after the planting exercise.
“On a quarterly arrangement and eventually at the end of the year on the first anniversary of the 2021 Green Ghana Day, we will take stock as to how we have fared and there will be a comprehensive report delivered to Ghanaians as to how many of the trees survived and how many are at what stage of development etc.
“This is not going to be the usual thing. We plant the trees and walk away, we will plant the trees, nurse, nurture them and monitor in a very scientific way and methodical way to ensure that we see to the progress of these trees,” he said.
Earlier in June, 2021, President Akufo-Addo called on Ghanaians to plant more trees to preserve the country’s forest cover and the environment.
The President stressed that “We cannot sit by and watch as our trees, flora and fauna are wiped out. Our very existence is tied directly to the survival of trees. Without the oxygen produced by trees, we cannot survive as humans.
“Lend your support to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as it executes this ambitious national assignment. I will be planting a tree and I expect you too to plant one. Let us make ‘Ghana Green’.