Government initiative to restore the degraded forest lands through the planting of trees under the theme: ” Forest landscape restoration, planting five million trees in a day” has been launched in oti region.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Oti Regional Minister Mr Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu, has thanked government on his initiative to restore our degraded forest by human activities.
He said the Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) would enact appropriate and enforceable by-laws to ban induced human activities that posed threats to the environment within their areas of jurisdictions.
He urged the security agencies to assist the Municipal and District Assemblies in the enforcement of these bye-laws.
He added ” I call on all those who supports the FixGhana agenda to leave the social media and come down let get into our lands and plant the trees, I think it would be more beneficial getting onto our lands and planting trees than jumping on the street braking the trees that are already getting finished and come back and the problem wouldn’t have been solved, so FixGhana people in Oti Region, let’s get together and fix our environment, fix our trees and we’ll be fixing Ghana”
The minister has launched 150,000 tree planting project at Dambai, the regional capital.
The minister quoted ” when the last tree dies, the last man dies” he therefore entreat the good people of oti to lend massive support to the president’s initiative to make this year’s Green Ghana a successful one.
Mr Dickson Adjei Sakyi, Oti Regional Director of Forestry Commission, called on all people in the region to own the tree planting exercise to make it successful.
He said the Forestry Commission department has distributed free seedlings totalling 129,310 to the various stakeholders across the region and planting is ongoing.
The seedlings distributed, include Ofram, Neem, Mahogany, Gmelina, Cedrela, Cashew, Coconut, Cassia and Teak, he added
Nana Kwaku Beyornnor II, chief of Dambai in an exclusive with Evans Manasseh, said the chiefs and traditional rulers are passionate and poised to support the initiative to bring back the rich and beautiful forest zones in our country.
The regional co-ordinating director, Nananom, Dambai college of education principal, religious leaders, heads of departments, assembly members, teachers and students from the college together with the press where all there to witness the ceremony.