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Tano South Municipality observes Green Ghana Day

By Barnie K. Agyeman II Contributor
Science Tano South Municipality observes Green Ghana Day
WED, 12 JUN 2024 LISTEN

The Tano South Municipal edition of the Green Ghana celebration was held in Derma, Ahafo Region, with great enthusiasm.

A mini durbar was organized at Derma Senior High School to observe this year’s Green Ghana programme. Mr. Solomon Nyamah, the Tano South Assistant District Manager, indicated that 450,000 seedlings, including Ofram, Teak, Cedrella, Mahogany, Oil Palm, Coconut, and Cashew, have been earmarked for planting in the Municipality by the Forestry Commission. He stated that the initiative aims to revitalize the Municipality's natural beauty and promote sustainable forestry practices, engaging local communities, schools, and stakeholders to participate in environmental conservation and foster a sense of responsibility among residents. The theme for this year is "Growing for a Greener Tomorrow."

Mr. Nyamah emphasized that Ghana is already experiencing the negative impacts of climate change, and thus every institution and citizen must contribute to combating it. He mentioned that various seedlings are available at their office for anyone interested in planting. He urged everyone to actively participate in this year’s Green Ghana celebration, encouraging them to plant and nurture the trees to protect the environment and forest reserves of the Municipality.

In a brief remark, the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Augustine Peprah, who represented the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Collins Offinam Takyi, highlighted that the entire country aims to plant 10 million trees, with 450,000 seedlings designated for Tano South Municipality. He mentioned that schools in the municipality would be involved in planting on school lands to protect these areas from encroachment.

Mr. Peprah expressed his happiness that all dignitaries present agreed on the importance of protecting the environment. He emphasized the need for sustainable management of natural resources, aligning with the government’s climate action plans. He cautioned against the destruction of forests and river bodies and commended the government's efforts to protect the country's vegetation cover. He urged everyone to nurture the trees planted to ensure a high survival rate, thanking them for their support in the fight against illegal mining and efforts to uplift the municipality's image.

The Municipal Education Director, Mrs. Agnes Amihere, representing the Regional Education Director, Mrs. Lucy Ama Ankra, highlighted the relevance of the tree-planting exercise. She explained the benefits of trees, including medicinal purposes, ecosystem protection, and environmental beautification, advising everyone on the importance of tree conservation.

Nana Awuah-Boadi, representing the Bechem Traditional Council, thanked the organizers for their good intervention, which would significantly benefit the ecosystem. He emphasized the need to restore the ecosystem and promised to engage community members and stakeholders in protecting the environment. He called on everyone to protect the environment and forest reserves, noting the loss of some tree species due to deforestation.

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