20 million trees not over ambitiousMeanwhile, the Deputy Minister for Lands and Forestry, Benito Owusu-Bio who is also the Chairman of the 2022 Green Ghana Planning Committee has indicated that government's aggressive afforestation drive of planting 20 million trees on June 10, 2022 is not an over ambitious target and the initial projections indicate, it is feasible and doable. Mr Owusu-Bio indicated that the 20 million target was not an over ambitious project but rather feasible, judging from the success of the 2021 edition and the pre-preparations so far. The Deputy Lands Minister said government through the Ministry of Lands, Forestry Commission and the National Alternative Employment Livelihood Program (NAELP) have obtained over 20 Million seedlings for planting. He said this year, 10 million tree seedlings will be planted in forest reserves and compartment areas across Ghana whereas additional 10 million tree seedlings will be planted in towns, villages and cities. Mr Owusu-Bio said the seedlings that will be planted in the forest reserves will be by corporate bodies as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which will also help in efforts to combat climate change. The Deputy Minister also mentioned One-Student, One-Tree initiative which was launched in Cape Coast, the initiative is to encourage the student to learn how to "nurture the tree seedlings as their babies". Speaking on issues relating to the indiscriminate cutting down of trees in towns and cities, the Deputy Minister said an aspect of the tree planting exercise is to encourage citizens especially the youth to be environmentally conscious. He also added that the Ministry is working collaboratively with local government and district assemblies to protect the trees.
4 million trees in Ashanti RegionIn Ashanti Region, Elisha Adarkwa is reporting that, the Ashanti regional Forestry Commission has targeted to plant 4 million trees in the region this year. The figure is the region's share of the 20 million trees the government has planned to plant nationwide at the end of 2022 as part of the "Green Ghana Project" The Regional Manager, Mr. Augustine Kofi Gyedu who addressed a press conference today said over 2 million of the trees will be planted in the forest reserves while the rest will be planted in the off-reserves. Mr. Gyedu indicated that about 80 percent of the 1.5 million trees which were planted last year in the region survived. He, therefore, encouraged the public to get involve in tree planting exercise to make the "Green Ghana Project" a success.
1.8 million seedlings in Savannah RegionIn the Savannah Region, Abdul Rauf Zion is reporting that, the Regional Minister, Saeed Jibril Muhazu has given the indication that over 1.8m seedlings are set to be planted across the Region. He said the Green Ghana initiative is something the Savannah Region is embracing with all seriousness since the initiative stands to benefit the region to replace the lost vegetation it suffered in the areas of commercial charcoal burning and illegal logging.
Regional Minister, Saeed Jibril MuhazuHe said the Minister in charge of Lands and Natural Resources hails from the Savannah Region which he must be supported to succeed by making the region taken the lead in more tree planting. He said the region will do 100 times of the tree planting than what was done in 2021 which will not end on the 10th of June 2022 but will be a continued initiative in the region. The Minister has therefore directed the various MMDCEs to make sure all the 1.8M seedlings given to the region are planted, with every student in the various schools planting a tree and taking care of it in his/her stay in the school. He said logging is still banned in the Savannah Region and used the opportunity to appeal to the people of the Savannah region to come out in their numbers to help plant trees. He also thanked the President and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for the initiative since that will help restore what has been lost. Meanwhile the MCE for the West Gonja Municipality Karim Musah Kusbari has disclosed that the municipality is targeting to plant 120000 of the seedlings in commemorating the day.