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4 Organisations support Green Ghana project

BY: Biiya Mukusah Ali
 Mr Benito Owusu-Bio (4th right), Deputy Minister designate for Lands and Natural Resources, with the donors displaying the dummy cheques.
Mr Benito Owusu-Bio (4th right), Deputy Minister designate for Lands and Natural Resources, with the donors displaying the dummy cheques.

Four organisations have donated a total of GH¢520,000 to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to support the Green Ghana project, a tree planting exercise.

They are the National Petroleum Authority and West Africa Quarries Limited,  which presented Gh¢200,000 each, and the Petroleum Commission and the Ports and Harbours Authority, which donated Gh¢100,000 and Gh¢20,000, respectively.

They presented dummy cheques to the Deputy Minister designate for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Green Ghana project planning committee.

The donation follows an appeal for support by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

Rationale

The Director of Finance of the Petroleum Commission, Mr Vincent Yankey, said the commission believed in the project for sustainable environment, adding that “when we received the letter for support, we felt it was a duty and not a request. It is our collective responsibility to sustain our ecosystem”.

The senior Marketing and Corporate Affairs Officer of the Ports and Harbours Authority, Ms Flauia Amoasi, said: “At GPoHA, sustaining the environment is part of our corporate social responsibility and so we deem it a duty to support this project.”

The General Manager of West Africa Quarries, Mr Eric Tetteh Amanor, also said the company shared in the vision of making Ghana green to protect the environment.

According to him, “trees will not only protect the environment but also provide clean and fresh oxygen healthy for human survival”.

For his part, the Assistant Communications Officer of the NPA, Mr Maxwell Asare Ampadu, said the authority was willing and ready to support the project succeed because “the survival and existence of humans depend on the air we breath”.

Assurance

Mr Owusu-Bio assured the organisations that the money would be put to its intended use and called on other companies and individuals to contribute their quota towards a worthy cause.

He expressed appreciation to some religious organisations and institutions which were collaborating with the ministry to ensure the success of the greening exercise.

“We have plans in place to monitor the growth of every tree that will be planted; therefore, let us all go out there on Friday and plant trees of our choice for a Green Ghana,” the minister designate added.

Background

On June 11, 2021, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources plans to plant five million trees across the country as part of the Green Ghana project.

The exercise will commence with planting of trees by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia; the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, and the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah.

In April 2021, the sector Minister, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, inaugurated a 60-member national planning committee to oversee the exercise.

Additionally, traditional leaders, the security agencies, green world activists, private sector players, among others, have been galvanised to contribute resources towards the successful implementation of the project.