From Thomas Agbenyegah Adzey
People who cut down trees planted along major streets or dig out pavements within the city in order to create space for trading purposes, especially with the sale of cars, or erecting containers, have been cautioned to desist from such practices, because it destroys the beauty of the city.
Speaking to The Chronicle after the inauguration of the Subin Sub-Metropolitan Council Clean and Green Team in Kumasi, a former Bantama Constituency Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Kwabena Owusu Dwomoh, condemned the practice, emphasising that it only destroys the aesthetics and architecture of the city.
The Clean and Green Team was formed by the Subin Sun-Metro to augment the Assembly’s “Operation Keep Kumasi Clean and Green” campaign.
Mr. Dwomoh, who is also a government appointee on the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), specifically pointed accusing fingers at car dealers along some principal streets and avenues within the metropolis.
He said at a time when the entire nation is worried about deforestation and the assembly is engaged in a rigorous tree planting exercises along the major streets and marshy areas in the city, people on the contrary are destroying the existing ones just to create enough space to display or exhibit their cars on sale to erect their metal containers.
Mr. Dwomoh explained that for fear of arrest or questioning for cutting down the trees, some of the car dealers have now adopted the trick to deliberately cutting the bark around the trees and apply chemicals which leave the trees to wither slowly and die.
He said there are laid down procedures to follow if a tree at a public place has become a nuisance to a person or the public, and advised the perpetrators to desist from the practice and contact the KMA in such cases.