Government will today, Friday, June 11, 2021, kick-start an ambitious exercise to plant five million trees as part of efforts to preserve the environment.
President Akufo-Addo will be expected to plant a tree today which has been declared as ‘Green Ghana Day.’
The initiative is being championed by the Forestry Commission and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
Through media publications and public broadcasts, the public has been urged to fully partake in the initiative by getting free seeds supplied by the government through local Forestry Commission district offices or district assemblies for planting.
President Akufo-Addo in a video to encourage Ghanaians to support the initiative earlier this month, said, “We cannot sit back and watch as our trees, flora and fauna wiped out”.
“Our very existence is tied directly to the survival of trees”, he said, adding that, “Without the oxygen that is produced by trees, we cannot survive as humans”.
“So, on Friday, 11 June, the tree-planting exercise will ensure that we are not only sowing seeds for one day, but also for generations to come…I urge all Ghanaians to join this clarion call and help preserve our environment.” President Akufo-Addo said
Parliament suspends sitting for MPs to join tree planting exercise
Meanwhile, Parliament has suspended sitting for today due to the exercise. The 275 Members of Parliament are expected to lead tree planting efforts across their constituencies as part of the ‘Green Ghana Day’ today, [Friday], June 11, 2021.
Encouraging MPs to take part in the exercise, the Speaker of Parliament also indicated that the house will foot all transportation bills associated with their movement for the exercise.
“The clerk to Parliament is hereby directed to provide the cost of travel in and out for Members of Parliament to participate in the exercise. I want to on behalf of Parliament and on our part pledge support for the Green Ghana Day.”
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, while launching the initiative earlier this week, said the exercise is an investment into the future.
“As part of the programme, we are seeking to work out a formula where the trees to be planted will be economic trees. We are talking about the Timber, Wawa, Nim, Rosewood, Shea trees. The rationale for this intervention is so that in planting the trees, we are also making an investment for the future,” he said.