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20.11.2008 Regional News

NGO supports Police Quarters in James Town

By Naa Betty Nelson - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Rotary Club of Accra North, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), over the weekend planted trees in the compounds of both the James Town Police Station and the Police Barracks in Accra.

It was to provide shade, oxygen and fresh air.

The club realised the compound was bare, and did not have any place of shade.

The President of the Rotary Club in Accra, Gytha Nunoo, said the club was a philanthropist organisation that does charitable work in communities.

She explained that it was also an international humanitarian association of professionals committed to the service of mankind.

It was realised that Rotary International consists of 350 clubs worldwide. Gytha Nuno further stated that the objective of the club was to encourage and foster the idea of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

It is believed that the entire club consists of a four-way test of the things they think, say or do. This includes

1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The President pointed out that the Accra North Rotary Club started in 1987, which is currently 22 years now. She said its areas of focus were the provision of health, literacy, education and water.

“Currently our club consists of 35 members,” she added Still in an interview with the President of the club, she noted that this was not the first time they had done such a donation during the year, but initially began with an immunization exercise at the Mamprobi Polyclinic.

She further said that the club had also begun construction of an early child development center at the La Cluster of Schools.

She said construction project is hoped to be completed by the end this year.

Gytha Nuno urged other clubs and organisations to begin as they have, and that she believed when one begins like this, support would come from other sources.

She therefore expressed appreciation to the Forestry Commission for their support in providing seedlings for planting. Speaking to Yaw Kwakye, Project Manager of the Forestry Commission, he said the commission provided Mahogany and Cassea Seamea seedlings to the club.

He explained that this could provide adequate shade, and was as well easy to control.

He said it could also be used for firewood when needed.

He noted that the commission preferred supporting or helping NGOs which show an interest in tree planting. To him, the goal of the Forestry Commission was to green Ghana, by planting a lot of trees in the cities, forest areas and arid areas.

He, therefore, encouraged people to plant trees in order to reduce desertification.