Mahama pledges to create jobs through re-afforestation in mining areas 
Mahama pledges to create jobs through re-afforestation in mining areas 
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Mahama pledges to create jobs through re-afforestation in mining areas 

Former President John Dramani Mahama has vowed to create employment opportunities for Ghana’s youth through the planting of trees (re-afforestation) in mining areas if elected as President.

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Through the initiative which he has dubbed; “Atree4Life”, he said the youth will oversee the growth of economically viable tree crops thereby transforming re-afforestation into an economically engaging activity. 

He made the announcement at the third annual transformative dialogue on small-scale mining in Sunyani. 

However in a social media post today [Friday, May 17, 2024], the former President added that in addition to offering a promising avenue for economic development and growth, the project will contribute to environmental conservation. 

Mr Mahama, who is the flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the upcoming elections, said he would also introduce a “Blue Water Initiative” to clean the impacted water bodies in mining areas.

The policy which he says will be implemented in partnership with the Water Resources Commission, Ghana Water Company, and other development partners, will serve as a crucial step towards sustainable and responsible mining practices. 

“I am confident it will positively change the environment and the local communities. Together, we can make a difference for future generations,” Mr Mahama added.

Read the entire post below;

I announced plans to launch a #Atree4Life project at the 3rd annual transformative dialogue on small-scale mining in Sunyani. With the active involvement of young people, this project aims to re-afforest mining areas while creating job opportunities. It will transform re-afforestation into an economically engaging activity, offering a promising avenue for economic development. The youth will oversee the growth of economically viable tree crops, contributing to environmental conservation and economic growth.
In addition, a Blue Water Initiative will be implemented in partnership with the Water Resources Commission, Ghana Water Company, and our development partners to clean the impacted water bodies in mining areas.
This initiative is a crucial step towards sustainable and responsible mining practices. I am confident it will positively change the environment and the local communities. Together, we can make a difference for future generations.

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