Life is back in one of Ghana’s rivers which was at the mercy of pollution. In late 2020, reports suggested that the Dayi river in the Hohoe district of the Volta region was threatened by pollution. The Dayi river is one of the few remaining water bodies that has not been polluted due to the activities of illegal miners. The reports suggested the pollution was being caused by waste from human activities.
But a tree planting project initiated by the Member of Parliament for Hohoe, Mr Peter Amewu has saved the river and also prevented the lose of livelihood of the community. Between February and March 2021, the youth of Dayi under the supervision of Mr Amewu cleared the river of all filth. They also planted 40,000 trees, 100 meters along both banks of the river,” the Chief Director at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources Prof. Patrick Agbesinyale revealed.
This was revealed during a working visit to the site by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Lawyer Samuel Abdulai Jinapor and heads of departments in the ministry on 13th December.
An elated sector Minister was of praises to the youth for what her termed as “a worthy cause.”
Mr Jinapor called on all Ghanaians including politicians to emulate the success story of Hohoe.
“I believe this is what is expected of all of us as Ghanaians, where politicians like him (Mr Peter Amewu) and various stakeholders will partner and assist government for us to be able to preserve and save the natural resources of our country,” he reiterated.
In his commendations, Mr Jinapor hinted that the Dayi river is by far the cleanest river he has seen after travelling all sixteen regions in Ghana and hopes that soon, all rivers across the country will be clean.
The Member of Parliament and Leader of the New Patriotic Party in Parliament Amewu entreated the citizenry to support the Green Ghana Project come 2022.
According to the ForestryCommission, 99.9% of all these trees planted survived