The government of Ghana aims to use its Green Ghana Project to plant five million trees in a day across the country to facilitate a better and developed environment for climate action.
Scheduled to be planted on June 11 this year, the exercise is expected to commence with H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, and the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah, planting trees, while other Ghanaians would be mobilized to also plant trees on the day and nurture them to maturity for the purpose of providing a green environment.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, disclosed this in Accra when he inaugurated a 60-member National Planning Committee to oversee the implementation of the Green Ghana Project. He explained that different groups and leaders, including traditional leaders, security agencies, Green World activists, and private sector players, would also be involved to contribute their resources and support for the project which is expected to increase the country’s forest zone.
Members of the 60-man committee were drawn from various state agencies, groups and other stakeholders, including the Ghana Revenue Authority, Forestry Commission, Ghana Cocoa Board, Volta River Authority, Minerals Commission, Trade Union Congress, Ghana Union of Traders Association, Zoomlion Ghana Limited and the security agencies.
The Committee will be chaired by former Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Atwima-Nwabiagya, Benito Owusu Bio, with 4 sub-committees to work with, including Finance; Operations and Logistics; Publicity and Protocol; and Monitoring and Reporting.