As part of the step to acquire plants or trees on the environment to produce proper vegetation, oxygen among others, the Member of Parliament for Oforikrom constituency in the Ashanti region, Dr Emmanuel Kwabena Marfo in collaboration with Ayeduase Chief (Ayeduase Hene) have joined hands with constituents to plant 1500 trees.
The exercise came off today, June 11, 2021 in relation to the government of Ghana’s initiative of “Green Ghana; Let’s Go Planting” initiative under the supervision of Ghana Forestry Commission.
The project according to President Akufo-Addo was targeting the planting of at least 5 million trees across the country today day.
Speaking to the media at KNUST campus, after the official launch of the “Green Ghana” Project at Boadi Junction in the Oforikrom Constituency, Dr Emmanuel Kwabena Marfo said there is the need to plant more trees to fill out the numerous trees that have been cut down by Loggers.
According to him the a century ago, the country had a forest reserved of about 8 million hectors however, illegal logging and galamsey activities devastated a larger amount of it bringing it down to about 1.6 million hectors today, the situation he said is alarming and must be halted.
The Oforikrom legislator said, President Akufo-Addo’s call for all Ghanaians to engage in tree planting is laudable and the only way the destructed forest vegetation could be revived.
“As a country that we’re loosing our forest at an alarming rate, our landscapes are being devastated by galamsey and all Illegal activities.
I think it’s about time that we took this call by the President seriously, that as a country we need to grow more trees.”
Dr Marfo further said, Ghanaians should not see the exercise as the work of the forestry commission and NGOs who have dedicated themselves to help growing the plants, however, it is the sole responsibility of everyone to participate in the exercise, at least grow two trees, this he believes will accertain the Green Ghana initiative.
The Chief of Ayeduase ( Ayeduase Hene) Nana Opoku Agyemang Baawuah Bonsanfo III who spoke to NewstimesGh.com at the exercise said Ghanaians should engage themselves in the Green Ghana initiative irrespective of their political affiliations.
He said the country should continue to uphold it, at least every year in order to get our beautiful vegetation back.
He advised, all Ghanaians to desist from the habit of felling the trees.
The Ayeduasehene cautioned caretakers of the trees not to relent on their efforts but must maintain it on regular basis to keep it from death.
By: Joseph Marfo