Minister for Communications and Digitalisations, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) on Friday, 11th June 2021 led management and staff of the Ministry as well as its agencies plant trees at the Ministry and its environs to commemorate the Green Ghana Day.
The Green Ghana Project is an initiative of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, which seeks to plant and nurture to maturity five million trees in a day with the aim of restoring the forest cover of Ghana. The Green Ghana Project is supposed to become an annual event and aims to reverse the process of deforestation. .
The exercise went on across the 16 regions of the Country.
The Minister underscored the need for every Ghanaian to plant a tree to save the human species. “Through human activity, we have destroyed a lot of our vegetative cover in our country. Now we can be part of the solution”.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful charged German Indian Kofi Annan Center for Excellence (GI-KACE) to develop an application to help the heath and growth of the tree so we can use digital technology to assist this effort adding, it is incumbent on all of us to nature the trees that have been planted.
“With the application of a little manure and regular watering, the plants will do well no matter where they are planted, and out of that, we can continue to enjoy the benefit”, Minister added.
Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful urged Ghanaians to decrease paper usage in the workplaces and homes to reduce the number of trees to be cut for paper production.
She called on all Ghanaians to separate the rubbish produced in homes (paper, metal, glass, organic). “The organic part can be used to produce manure to feed the trees that we are planting”.
Minister called for the legalisation of laws protecting trees in the country to ensure that the trees being planted today are not cut down callously tomorrow.
“In other parts of the world, even if you plant trees in your garden, you cannot cut it down without permission from the Municipal Authority”, she said.
Present at the ceremony were the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mrs Magdalene Apenteng, Directors, Agency heads and their staff as well as staff from the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation.