The President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 1st March 2022, launched the 2022 edition of “Green Ghana Day”, with a commitment to plant twenty million (20,000,000) trees this year, as part of Government’s aggressive afforestation and reforestation program. In commemorating the second edition of the Green Ghana Initiative, the Atiwa East District Assembly in collaboration with the Forestry Commission organized a brief ceremony on Friday, 10th June, 2022 at the Forecourt of the District Assembly, Anyinam.The Atiwa East District Assembly, through the Forestry Commission took delivery of two thousand (2000) tree seedlings to be planted across the District to mark the year’s Green Ghana Day.The ceremony had in attendance the Member of Parliament for Atiwa East Constituency, Hon. Abena Osei-Asare; the District Coordinating Director, Mr. Simon Asare, the Presiding Member, Hon. Samuel Obeng Asamoah, some Assembly members, Osabarima Osafo Kantanka, the Chief of Enyiresi; District Director of Agric, District Police Commander, District Immigration Officer, District Fire Commander, BNI Officer, Forestry Staff, Departmental and Unit Heads, staff of the Assembly and a host of others.The Forestry Rep in his address revealed that the President, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is aware of the high surviving rate of the trees planted last year which has been a source of encouragement to aim at 100,000 trees to be planted by the end of 2024. He further mentioned that the target had been raised
to 20 million tree seedlings planting this year.
He finally encouraged everyone to take active part in the exercise.Osabarima Osafo Kantanka, the Chief of Enyiresi, in his brief address commended the president of the Republic of Ghana for such a laudable project. He spoke on the importance of trees. He stated that he had taken delivery of one thousand (1000) tree seedlings for his area out of the two thousand (2000) supplied. Osabarima also assured the Assembly that he would follow up on every tree seedling that he gives out to be planted and would award subjects who would be able to nurture the tree seedlings they planted to maturity to serve as a shining example for others to emulate.The Member of Parliament for Atiwa East Constituency, Hon. Abena Osei Asare in her remarks, thanked the gathering for honouring this year’s Green Ghana Day with their attendance. She emphasized on why it is good to plant trees in our environment. She spoke on how the activities of man has destroyed our forest cover. The deforestation activities such as bush burning, activities of the chainsaw operators and mining had degraded our environment beyond measure.She further spoke on the indiscriminate felling of trees and educated that ‘galamseyers’ are not only to blame but also people who fell trees for the production of charcoal and other economic activities.Hon. Abena Osei-Asare admonished that if one fells a tree, he/she should have planted about 20 to 30 trees before the Forestry Commission gives the green light to do so. She further implored that if the next generation would have clean environment, then we need to plant more trees. She also attributed the current diseases in the World to the reduction in our forest cover and vegetation, which underscore the need to plant more trees.Lastly, she thanked the Chief of Enyiresi for taking delivery of 1,000 tree seedlings. She encouraged individuals to take active part in the tree planting exercise within their communities. She took the opportunity to educate the gathering on harmful nature of carbon dioxide which is not good for the human body, and urged all to go planting of trees to moderate carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This exercise she mentioned could be used to gain ‘carbon credit’ which are usually converted into grants to finance developmental projects in the country.She thanked the President, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the project that has chalked success in just 2 years after its introduction.The Member of Parliament and the Chief of Enyiresi undertook a symbolic tree planting followed by other dignitaries. The Atiwa East District Assembly on its part took delivery of tree seedlings to be planted on the boundaries of its office complex in Anyinam.