The Nkwanta South Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Bright Lenwah, together with the Director of the Forestry Commission, Nkwanta, Mr Alfred Ameyaw, the coordinating Director of the Municipal Assembly, Mr Joseph Abugre, the Director of administration of the Education Directorate alongside staff from the Municipal Assembly, the Forestry Commission, teachers and pupils of Junior High School ‘C’ joined the rest of Ghanaians to mark this year Green Ghana Day under the theme “Our Forests, Our Health” with a target to plant at least 10 million tree seedlings across the country.
The ceremonial tree planting event was held at the JHS ‘C’ premises. Among the dignitaries present was the Japanese ambassador to Ghana, Ambassador Mochizuki, who was on an official assignment to the municipality. The ambassador was elated to witness the event and expressed his appreciation to the government for such a laudable initiative. He also extended greetings from the Japanese people to the people of Ghana. The ambassador later planted a tree.
The director of the Forestry Commission informed participants at the event that fifty thousand (50, 000) trees are to be planted within the Nkwanta South municipality while the entire Oti region is expected to plant about 100,000 trees to mark this year’s Green Ghana Day.
He, therefore, encouraged people living in the municipality to make their way to the commission for their seedlings. Mr Ameyaw reminded inhabitants about the benefits of trees to the community in particular and the country at large. He concluded by tasking them to nature the trees they will be planting to grow by taking good care of them.
The MCE, Hon. Lenwah, in his speech, recounted the benefits the annual tree-planting exercise has brought to the municipality since its inception. He encouraged the youth of the area to venture into tree planting to help solve the unemployment challenge majority of the youth are facing. The MCE encouraged participants at the event to endeavour to trees in their schools, houses, and roadside to help address the deforestation that has bedevilled the country in recent times.
The MCE, the Director of Forestry Commission, the Japanese Ambassador, and the School Prefect of JHS ‘C’ among other dignitaries took turns to plant a seeding on the event ground as part of the ceremonial tree planting exercise.
The school cadet corps of JHS “C” mounted a guard of honour for the MCE and his entourage.
Compiled by Daniel Ahiatrogah and Emmanuel Sappor