President Akufo-Addo Calls For A Halt On Deforestation, As Ghana Marks Green Ghana Day

President Akufo-Addo has planted a tree in commemoration of the second edition of the Green Ghana day.

While the President planted a Moringa Tree (tree of life) last year to mark the occasion, he planted the African Mahogany tree this year.

Addressing the gathering at the Efua Sutherland Park, the President acknowledged the relevance of the occasion, stressing that this is part of efforts to recover the country’s lost forest cover.

“…we are embarking on an aggressive afforestation and re-aforestation program aimed at restoring the country’s lost forest cover and halting the current rate of deforestation,” he said.

The Green Ghana initiative was started in 2021. Under the first edition, a target for planting 5 million trees was set, however, at the end of the exercise, it emerged that 7 million trees were planted.

President Akufo-Addo, during his speech at the Efua Sutherland Park, thanked the citizenry for being a part of the first edition which he described as a success.

He further called on Ghanaians to be partakers of the greening of Ghana and ensure that this becomes a sustainable initiative that all Ghanaians will adopt at all times.

In his remarks, the minister of Lands and Natural Resources Samuel Abu Jinapor hinted at Ghana’s commitments during the 2021 Glasgow conference in the UK which seeks to protect the environment and ensure its sustainability.

He assured that with this Green Ghana initiative, Ghana is on the cause.
He further called on all Ghanaians to join forces to help make Green Ghana a success.

By: Kwaku Stephen

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