The Management of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) which has its main campus at Somanya in the Yilo Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region has assured the people in the university’s catchment area that the institution will help the people to maintain the environment and protect the ecosystem for the future.
The Vice Chancellor of the UESD, Prof. Eric Nyarko-Sampson, gave the assurance at the launch of the Green Ghana Project at the university at Somanya.
‘’We of the UESD want to collaborate with all stakeholders, including the assembly and the general public, to ensure that we protect the environment by planting more trees not only on the campus here but the entire Yilo Krobo traditional area.
“What we need from you the other stakeholders is to cooperate with us to carry out our mandate as an environmental and sustainable institution,”, Prof. Nyarko-Sampson emphasised.
He said the tree planting activity for the day, which the people in the university’s catchment area fully took parting was to strengthen the university-community relations which, “we envisaged from the onset of this university by establishing the Community Engagement Projects and Innovations Unit under the office of the Vice-Chancellor’’.
The vice chancellor said for the university to achieve that, the institution trained and produced graduates who were equipped with relevant knowledge and skills to be well positioned as agents and partners in the identification and resolution of prevailing environmental and sustainable development challenges.
Prof. Nyarko-Sampson noted that as a university, it was already in the immediate communities of Somanya and Odumase-Krobo where currently they were conducting a research on nutritional and diet habits of public sector workers.
He said the institution’s theme for the programme, “Forest landscape restoration: Planting five million trees in a day,” excluded the core mandate of the university that championed the environment and sustainable development agents.
The Vice Chancellor called on the government, municipal and district assemblies who shared the passion and dream of conserving the environment to turn to the university for collaboration, partnership and cooperation.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Director of Physical Development and Estate Management of UESD, Dr Isaac Abbam, said, “if we cut down our trees and do not plant them, the carbon can easily destroy our ozone layer”.
Management and dignitaries at the function planted 200 trees on the campus of UESD out of 920 seedlings provided.