Hon. Yusif Sulemana, Member of Parliament for the Bole-Bamboi constituency in the Savannah Region, has urged Ghanaians to help restore the nation’s lost forest by planting and preserving trees.
“Man’s unsustainable usage of the forest has caused a huge damage to the nation’s forests and every Ghanaian should concentrate on helping to repair and restore the depleted forest,” he said.
The MP gave the advice during the nationwide launch of Green Ghana Project which targets the planting of five million trees in a year under the auspices of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources.
According to the MP, the project to Green Ghana is a laudable initiative and thus, called on Ghanaians particularly his constituents to support the project for the country to regain its lost vegetation cover.
He participated in the celebration of the day by planting 50 different species of plants at his own piece of land and indicated that all planted trees should be properly cared for to achieve the target of greening the country.
Hon. Yusif expressed regret that unscrupulous and uncontrolled human activities had degraded and depleted many of the nation’s forests, a situation contributing to climate change and its attendant consequences.
“Currently we are feeling the adverse reactionary effects of climate change and global warming, and so it is imperative for all of us to support conscious efforts to repair this damage caused to nature’s property,” he added.
According to him forests and natural resources were gifts from God and humans could not survive without those natural endowments.
“Man’s creative and innovative ways of utilising these natural resources have increased tremendously, and these have left remarkable ecological foot prints.
Therefore creativity and innovation must be put in to restore the nation’s vegetative cover”, he said.
He told the Yagbon News that forest restoration remained a critical strategy to tackling food insecurity, inaccessible clean water, soil erosion and climate change.
He expressed concern about Chainsaw operations, illegal logging and mining activities affecting the forest cover in the Savannah and thanked the chiefs of the region for their bold decision taken to ban illegal logging, burning of charcoal in commercial quantities and illegal mining as he indicated that the ban on these illegal activities will help conserve and protect the vegetation cover of the region.