Go, get more seedlings to plant – Eastern Regional Minister advised
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Seth Kwame Acheampong has urged all institutions, religious bodies, community leaders among others within the region to collect more seedlings from the designated points in the various Municipalities and District Assemblies to plant to ensure that every citizen contributes to the effort at making Ghana greener.

Date Created : 6/12/2023 12:00:00 AM : Story Author : Collins Aikins Akuffo/ Ghanadistricts.com

He was optimistic that if all join hands in making this noble effort a reality, it will go a long way to benefit our future generations and make the country green, devoid of the effect of climate change.

The Regional Minister gave the advice at the launch of this year’s Regional Green Ghana day celebration, hosted by the New Juaben North Municipal Assembly in the Eastern Region.

Present at this year’s ceremony were the Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Kwaku Boateng Ababio III; Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong; Member of Parliament for New Juaben North Constituency, Nana Adjei Boateng, Municipal Chief Executives for both New Juaben North and South Municipal Assemblies; Comfort Asante and Isaac Appaw-Gyasi.

Others were the Municipal Coordinating Directors, Assembly Members for both North and South Assemblies, Religious leaders, Regional Directors of various institutions, teachers, and civil society groups among others.

Touching on the theme; “Our forests, Our Health” which is targeted to plant six hundred thousand (600,000) this year, sought to whip the interest of all Ghanaians to remain resolute in our fight against the threat of climate change in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13. He tasked all interested communities and stakeholders to safeguard their forest and fully benefit from the health outcomes.

“In realizing that, the challenges facing the survival of forests are deep-seated and require a behavioural change, it is incumbent on us as citizens of the country to use forest resources by following clear guidance and laws.

Mr. Acheampong opined that the Regional Coordinating Council, in collaboration with the Forestry Commission which is the lead Agency for the Green Ghana Project, is ensuring that information is disseminated to all target stakeholders across the region for the planting of trees.

Comparing the project, the Minister indicated that, since 2021 areas planted include; available strips around water bodies or course, open spaces, avenues, lanes, compounds, boundaries, trees on farms, lawns, parks, burial grounds, and funeral grounds and they are all doing very well.

Backing his address with statistics, Minister, Seth Acheampong said, an available field assessment report confirmed that, on the average, there were 72% survival rates last year, although it was 81% in 2021, the inception year. He was quick to note that the survival rate for 2023 will increase to surpass that of 2021.

For his part, the chairperson for the occasion, Daasebre Kwaku Boateng Ababio III, commended the government led by His Excellency Nana Addo, for an initiative to restore all lost forest covers. He said such an aggressive step will help curb the menace of climate change which has become a global canker.

Daasebre Kwaku Boateng further assured the government and the general public that Nananom across the length and breadth of the country will embrace this worthy course so that Ghana can attain the SDG 13.

On his part, the Municipal Chief Executive for New Juaben South, Isaac Appaw-Gyasi reiterated the achievements choked by the government so far, saying, with regards to the Green Ghana Project introduced, the number of trees planted across the country in the space of three (3) years is unprecedented.

He further called on all and sundry to rally behind the government to achieve this worthy course and added all must come together and build a better and greener Ghana for future generations.