Forestry Commission calls on Ghanaians to help maintain trees

Sefwi-Datano(W/N), June 13, GNA - Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Madam Martha Kwayie Manu, has advised Ghanaians to help the Commission to nurture the trees planted during the Green Ghana Initiative.

She said although this was not the first time the country embarked on a tree planting exercise this ought to be different by ensuring the trees planted were nurtured to achieve a better environment.

Madam Martha Kwayie made the call at the St Joseph Senior High School in the Wiawso Municipality of the Western North Region when she was assisted by Katakyie Kwasi Bumangamah II, the paramount chief for Wiawso traditional area, to plant a tree.

In all, the Western North Region was expected to plant about 440,000 trees as part of the Forestry Commission's nationwide Green Ghana project.

She reiterated the Commission's efforts to protect the country's forest reserves and called for a collaborative effort from stakeholders.

Religious and traditional leaders, educational institutions, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Region participated in the exercise.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer cautioned loggers to endeavour to get valid documents from the Forestry Commission before entering the forest.

Katakyie Kwasi Bumankah II, on his part, commended the government for the initiative, saying it was the only way to save the vegetation cover.

He pledged the Traditional Council's support in protecting the forest reserves in the area.

Mr Richard Ebbah Obeng, Western North Regional Minister, entreated Ghanaians, especially students, to make planting trees a habit to make the environment better for future generations.