From Sebastian R. Freiku .
The Forestry Commission, in partnership with the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), has undertaken to plant trees along river bodies in the Metropolis.
The exercise forms part of activities of the “Keep Kumasi Clean and Green” (KKCG) Project, which comprise civil society and religious organisations, traditional authorities and environmental youth groups to supervise the successful execution of the project.
The head of the KKCG Implementation Committee, Rt. Reverend Professor Osei Safo Kantanka, former Methodist Bishop of Kumasi, cautioned that the exercise would be taken along all river bodies in Kumasi, and that the law will catch up with any individual caught cutting a tree, and encouraged the planting of trees by all residents to sustain the project.
The committee will, among others, supervise the planting of trees, installation of waste bins along the principal streets, and creating environmental sanitation awareness amongst the people.
The former Kumasi Diocesan Methodist Bishop pointed out that it will take a campaign for an attitudinal change, the provision of equipment, and the enforcement of the by-laws of the assembly to achieve the objective of the campaign.
The KKCG Chairman, therefore, called on religious leaders, churches, schools, institutions, media and corporate bodies, landlords, as well as residents, to take the issue of insanitary conditions very seriously.
He also called on landlords and residents to get involved in the proposed tree planting and care exercise.
Mr. Thomas Otchere, Regional Forestry Manager, disclosed that the government had directed the Commission to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and give technical advice on the tree planting programme.
He announced that the Commission would supply wellington boots, rain coats and cutlasses to the 1,000 young men and women engaged in the exercise.
Pix: Rt. Rev Prof Safo Kantanka (left) supervising the planting of trees