Madam Martha Kwayie Manu, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission has called on Ghanaians to fully support the Green Ghana Initiative by planting more trees.
According to her, the Commission would need the support of all to plant a targeted five million trees by the 11 June, 2021.
The Deputy Forestry Commissioner made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency as part of her tour of the Western North Region to inspect nursery sites in the Region, and to ascertain how prepared the Regional and District offices of the Forestry Commission were ahead of the Nationwide Green Ghana exercise.
Madam Manu visited the Aowin, Juabeso, Wiawso, Bodi Districts and Regional nursery sites and paid a courtesy call on the Wiawso Traditional Council.
She appealed to individuals, fan clubs, religious institution, schools and traditional authorities to actively support the initiative since that was the only way to make Ghana green.
Madam Manu announced that the Western North Region has targeted to plant 420,000 trees and was happy all the district offices have raised more seedlings, and expressed hope that more trees would be planted.
She said the activities of illegal mining and chain saw operators had caused more damage to the environment and that more trees were required to be planted to save the vegetation cover.
As part of her tour, she engaged workers under the Youth in Afforestation Programme in the various Districts and asked them to remain calm as the Commission had put in place measures to pay them the allowances due them
"The Forestry Commission recognizes the role you have played all these years and we expect you to join forces and make the Green Ghana initiative a success".
Nana Agyemang Badu, Abusuapayin of Wiawso Traditional Council, who spoke on behalf of the Paramount Chief, pledged that the council would give the Commission the needed support and asked residents to take part in the Green Ghana Initiative.
Mr Thomas Okyere, Western North Regional Manager of the Forestry Commission, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, lauded the Green Ghana project since according to him, it would argument the Forestry Commission's already exiting plantation programme.
He commended the sector minister for the initiative and assured that the Regional Forestry Commission and District offices were prepared to ensure the success of the project.
He announced that they had already engaged traditional and religious authorities, opinion leaders and all stakeholders within the Region.
"We have done pegging and embarked on radio and community information services education to sensitize residents on the need to take part in the upcoming Green Ghana programme".