Mr. Rafiu Sumaila, Bole District Manager of the Forestry Commission, has called on all stakeholders and residents of the area to support the Green Ghana Project by planting more trees to regain Ghana’s lost vegetation cover.
He said the Commission needed the support of all residents to plant the targeted five million trees in Ghana which was launched last June 11, 2021, nationwide.
The District Forestry Manager made the call in an interview with Yagbon News as part of activities to mark the second edition of the Green Ghana project at the District level which is celebrated nationwide.
He appealed to individuals, fan clubs, religious institution, schools and traditional authorities to support the initiative to make Ghana green.
Mr. Sumaila announced that the Bole District planned to plant 400,000 trees and was happy the District had raised enough seedlings for planting.
The species include mahogany, cassia, and teak and added that the seedlings can be picked up by residents at three different points; thus, Bole, Bamboi and Sawla.
He indicated that the activities of illegal miners and chain saw operators had damaged the environment and there was the need to plant more trees to save the vegetation cover.
Under the Green Ghana initiative, which took effect on June 11, 2021, a total of five million trees are expected to be planted in a single day across Ghana.
It will form part of effort to encourage Ghanaians to plant more trees to preserve and protect the Ghana’s forest cover and the environment.
Mr. Sumaila said the rationale to plant five million trees yearly in Ghana formed part of a strategy and a programme to embark on an aggressive afforestation to protect forests and the environment in Ghana.
He said the initiative was a joint responsibility for which more broad-based support was needed to address the adverse degradation of Ghana’s forests and ecosystem.
The initiative was also to encourage the citizens and inculcate in them the habit of planting trees to protect the vegetation cover for a balanced ecology and as a long term measure against heavy storms.
This year’s Green Ghana Day is under the theme, “Mobilizing for a Greener Future.”