Former President Jerry John Rawlings will on Saturday lead the cadres and sympathisers of the June 4 revolution for a tree planting exercise in Accra to commence activities marking the 40th anniversary of the event.
He will plant the first tree in the exercise that will start from the Tetteh Quarshie interchange to the Legon ECG Park. It seeks to celebrate the environmental credentials of Mr Rawlings.
The tree planting exercise is in line with theme for this year’s June 4th commemoration; “Developing a national character for sustainable good governance”.
The spate of indiscriminate felling of trees without recourse to planting new ones is having dire consequences on the climate.
“And the exercise is to encourage Ghanaians to re-embrace tree-planting as a way of life and to mitigate the effect of climate change and foster a cooler environment,” a statement from the June 4th Planning Committee said.
A June 4 lecture has been scheduled for May 29 at the Amegashie Conference Hall of the University of Ghana Business School. The lecture will be delivered by Professor John Bright Aheto, a renowned management expert.
Professor Aheto is the immediate past Dean of the School of Business at Central University College and a former Deputy Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. The lecture will start at 2:00pm.
Prof Aheto will speak to the theme of the celebrations after which a distinguished panel comprising personalities such as Brigadier General Nunoo Mensah, Prof Joshua Alabi, Prof John Gatsi, Dr. Deborah Cubagee and Goosie Tanoh will dissect the lecture.
Mr Rawlings and other leading members of the uprising and the 31st December Revolution will then address the climax of the celebrations at the Nungua Traditional Authority Park on Tuesday June 4.
The celebrations will start at 8:00am with a parade by young cadres followed by the lighting of the perpetual flame before the traditional address by the leader of the uprising.
The general public is invited to all the celebrations.