The Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye has joined the national campaign on planting five million trees across the country dubbed the ‘Green Ghana Project.’
Hon. Asenso-Boakye led the staff of the Ministry and jointly with the Hon. Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, planted commemorative trees behind the Ministry’s building in support of the project.
The Hon. Minister for Works and Housing, who dedicated the trees he planted to the late Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as ‘Sir John’, called on well-meaning Ghanaians to support the Government’s vision to build a sustainable, environmentally sound and Green Ghana.
He said as a Ministry in charge of drainage, there is the need to plant trees everywhere including our residential homes so that when it rains, the trees can help the water penetrate deeper into the soil to mitigate flooding. He noted that, lack of trees coupled with indiscriminate disposal of solid waste into gutters contribute to the flooding situation in the country.
According to him, ‘Sir John’, was a great man and if he were alive, he would have added fanfare to the activity to make the Green Ghana Project exciting and that there is the need to honour him for his achievements.
The Green Ghana Project is an initiative by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, which seeks to plant and nurture to maturity five million trees in a day to restore the forest cover of Ghana.