By Bernice Bessey
Accra, in a few decades to come, has been projected to be a concrete jungle, but Melcom Group of Companies, in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), is planting trees to reverse the narrative.
Godwin Avenorgbo, Communication Director, Melcom, at a symbolic tree planting ceremony near the offices of the assembly yesterday, said the colour green in the Ghana flag represents the potential of the country in maximising its greenery for sustainable living.
However, the destruction of the vegetation cover, all in the name of development, has replaced the green environment with concrete, which is a threat to the City of Accra and its almost two million inhabitants.
Being aware of the fact that the green city project was dear to the Accra Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Godwin Avenorgbo said: “This is why Melcom wants to support on-going initiatives to make Accra, and for that matter Ghana, green again.”
He said the biggest retail shop is also using the occasion to commemorate its 30th Anniversary.
Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Chief Executive Officer of the AMA, on his part, said the collaboration was in line with some successes the assembly had chalked which had attracted the private sector to get on board.
He said the agenda was not only to plant trees, but to adopt space within the city where it can be made very beautiful. According to him, it is a responsibility of the citizens to replant trees that have fallen or felled.
Mr Sowah added that they were mindful of urbanisation and the increase in population which had resulted in people fighting for space to put up structures, “but in the course of doing that, we fall the trees, yet we need the oxygen. We also have to protect the carbon. It is the trees that hold on to the carbon.”
So far, the assembly has been able to plant over 1,000s of trees, especially at schools, in an effort to green the environment.
He added that there was existing legislation under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that prescribes punitive action against those who illegally fell trees.
The Mayor disclosed that the AMA is currently prosecuting people who have disrespected the assembly’s by-laws and walk on the lawns planted to beautify the city.