In Accra, a national planning committee for the Greening Ghana Project 2022 was inaugurated, with the mandate to bring the initiative into citizen ownership in order to attract the participation of all Ghanaians.
The Minister of Land and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, stated that the country’s efforts to restore its lost forest would only be successful if all Ghanaians believed that their contributions were decisive.
To this end, he asked the committee to decentralize the plans and strategies for the exercise for the next year so that all Ghanaians participate with all their efforts.
The committee, which opened on Friday, will be chaired by the Deputy Minister for Land and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio.
Members include Ehunabobrim Nana Prah Agyenseim (VI), head of the Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area; Joyce Aryee, executive director of the Salt and Light Ministry; Kweku Sakyi-Addo, Ernest Boateng and Lord Commey.
The full composition of the committee would also include representatives from a number of institutions, including the Forestry Commission, the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Chamber of Mines, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Defense.
The minister said setting up the committee early was to give them enough time to review this year’s exercise and plan appropriately for 2021.
The review should take into account, among other things, the condition of the trees planted, maintenance challenges, teaching and organizational deficiencies.
Mr Jinapor said the committee is expected to provide an update to the review to Ghanaians and will work to raise public awareness of the need to plant trees.
Although he did not set the target for planting trees, the minister said the exercise would be much broader and surpass the seven million trees planted in 2021.
He indicated that the ministry would start the exercise by January next year and announce all the arrangements made.
“The tree-planting campaign in 2022 will be bigger and much broader. We want to make it morally reprehensible not to be part of the tree-planting initiative.
Let us ensure the participation of all groups, schools, agencies, religious organizations, ministries and leisure clubs, ”added Mr. Jinapor.
For his part, Mr Owusu-Bio stated that despite the success of last year’s exercise, some of the trees planted in urban areas have been lost due to the harsh conditions.
He said the committee will begin the planning process for the planting next year to address any deficiencies that could lead to the loss of the trees.
The forest department, he said, is developing cage boxes to protect trees that have been planted mostly in cities.
Nana Prah Agyenseim VI reiterated the committee’s commitment to ensure that the project successfully restores the country’s green vegetation.
BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS