Ghana’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Lawyer Samuel Abdulai Jinapor has charged members of the National Planning Committee of the Green Ghana Day programme to co-opt the interest of Ghanaians as they plan for the year 2022. According to him, protecting and nurturing the seedlings to maturity is essential and that can suffice only if citizens assume the responsibility of guarding the seedlings.
“It’s very important that we are all very clear in our minds that we cannot have 2022 without taking stock, consolidating and satisfying ourselves of our efforts of 2021 and its consequences. Without it, I dare say that you will have little enthusiasm or support from the general population for 2022,” Mr Jinapor charged the six-member committee.
Mr Jinapor also entreated members to decentralise their efforts by covering every hamlet of the country as the project is geared towards embedding in the citizenry, the habit and culture of tree planting, and environmental preservation.
The members are;
Mr Benito Owusu-Bio – Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources – Chairman.
Paramount Chief of Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area, (Assin Kushea) – Ehununabobrim Pra Agyensaim – Co-Chairman.
Madam Joyce Aryee – Member.
Mr Kwaku Sekyi Addo – Member.
Mr Ernest Boateng – Member.
Mr Lord Commey – Office of the President – Member.
“We’re going to make will make it almost morally delinquent not to be part of this or not to associate yourself with greening Ghana. It will not make any sense to plant trees every year, for the trees not to mature. We’re better off not wasting that time in the first place.”
“And quite clearly, before the end of this year, this team, hopefully, with my participation and the Forestry Commission, will have to update the country about 2021. Now we have a sense of how many trees we planted, where are they, how are they doing? What are the lessons, what are the shortfalls,” the sector minister told the members during the inauguration of the committee in Accra.
He wants members of the planning committees to involve school clubs, corporate society, community members, and even faith groups in the afforestation drive.
The Planning Committee co-chaired by the Paramount Chief of Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area, (Assin Kushea) of the Central region Ehununabobrim Pra Agyensaim has the herculean task of identifying the shortfalls of the 2021 Green Ghana project which is said to have witnessed the planting of some seven million species of tress seedlings across the 16 regions of Ghana.
But even before the committee could hold its first meeting to deliberate on the task bestowed on them, the minister had his observation about 2021 Green Ghana Day plantation, “One of the observations I made, for instance, was that a lot of the seedlings were planted on the way, whether those are places where we should be planting trees or not – that’s another matter.”
“The Commission, for instance, has started producing cage boxes ahead so that every seedling that we plant in the city would have a cage box,” Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Forestry and Chairman of the committee Benito Owusu Bio outlined some of the measures that have been discussed ahead of 2022.
Citizens and stewardship.
Nana Pra Agyensaim, says stewardship will be the mantra of the members.
“And what I will is that our citizens should see this as the stewardship that they have towards the very environment that gives them life. And once we can let people know that we are not doing it, because the minister is saying it should be done for the president is should be done. But that we are planting trees for survival.”
Let us all get up. We’ve been called to duty to serve our country. And let us all give our best.