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29.08.2005 Regional News

Atonkor street lights project commissioned

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Atonkor-Buem V/R Aug. 29, GNA- Nana Asiedu Agyedu the IV, Chief of Atonkor-Buem in the Jasikan District in the Volta Region, at the weekend commissioned 40 million cedis street lights project.

The chief commended the citizens of the town for making voluntary contributions towards the project and urged them to assist in the implementation of other plans to facilitate the development of the town.

Mr Buraima Isaka, chairman of the Atonkor-Buem Union, who assisted the chief to commission the project, appealed to citizens living abroad to contribute towards the development of the town, especially the street lights project.

He said: " we need 18 more street lights and your contributions both in cash and in kind would assist the Union to complete work on the project".

Mr Isaka commended citizens who contributed to the development of the town, especially Mr Nelson Nyarko, a citizen of the town, working with the Ghana High Commission in London, for providing the Union with 50 mahogany seedlings to be planted around schools and other public buildings to serve as wind brake.

He noted that the forests constituted a major component of the economy of the people but expressed regret at the rate at which the environment was being degraded.

Mr Isaka said the Union would, therefore, undertake a tree planting exercise in the town as way of protecting the environment from degradation and asked the people to support any such project. He appealed to individuals, the Forestry Department and non-governmental organisations to provide the Union with more tree seedlings and working tools to enhance the tree planting exercise. Mr Isaka urged the people to undertake sustainable development as they harness natural resources for their economic gains adding that they should preserve their natural resources for prosperity.

He warned the people that " Your grandchildren would not forgive you if you exploit all the natural resources for your benefit and leave them nothing to live on." 29 Aug 05

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