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21.07.2004 General News

Swiss Ambassador visits Upper West

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Sankana (U/W), July 21, GNA - Mr George Zubler, Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, on Tuesday advised Ghanaian pupils to cultivate environmental conservation as an important component of the education they were receiving, in order to save the natural resources of the country for future use.

He observed that if the high rate of the depletion of the nation's forest resources were not checked, it would not be long before the country started depending on imported wood for building houses.

The Ambassador said this when he presented an award to the Sankana Primary School at Sankana in the Nadowli District for emerging as one of the best schools in the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Swiss Embassy Tree-Planting Project for selected primary schools in the country during a brief visit to the Upper West Region.

The school received one million cedis cash, assorted books and stationery for being the second runners-up among the 10 schools piloting the Project.

The project, which is a collaborative initiative of the GES and the Swiss Embassy, is aimed at encouraging school children to see the value of planting trees and environmental preservation.

One primary school from each of the 10 regions took part in the first phase of the Project under which each class two child is expected to plant 50 seedlings and nurse them to maturity.

He commended teachers and pupils of the school for the seriousness they attached to the Project and expressed his gratitude to the Nadowli District Assembly, chiefs and people of Sankana for the warm reception accorded him.

In an address delivered on behalf of the Upper West Regional Minister, Mr Sahanun Mogtari, he said the Project was a laudable venture and its success would have a positive impact on the reforestation of the country.

To overcome environmental degradation, he urged communities to collaborate with their District Assemblies to plan and undertake sustainable environmental protection programmes for their benefit. Mrs Pauline Ninkpeng, Nadolwi District Chief Executive, said the Assembly spent 100 million cedis on anti-bush fire campaigns and other environment improvement programmes in the District last year.

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