The Upper West Region as part of supporting Ghana government’s move to restoring the country’s forest cover with the Green Ghana initiative, witnessed the planting of 150,000 trees across the region.
Speaking at the tree planting occasion in Wa, Upper West Regional Minister Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih indicated that the region as part of supporting the move planted 150,000 trees, adding that the entire country will see to the planting of 5million trees in order to regain the country’s forest cover. He emphasised the need for the planted trees to be nurtured and taken care of in order to accomplish the government’s aim.
“Today we are built to plant 5million trees across the country and for us in the Upper West Region our target is 150,000 trees will be planted today I want to urge all of us, the issue is not about planting trees but also nurturing them for it to survive I am going to take note of where I am going to plant this tree and occasionally I will come and see whether the tree is surviving or not and I want all of you to do same” he urges.
Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih explained that the government of Ghana under Prez Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo brought the initiative through the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources in order to ensure that the country restores its lost forest cover.
“H.E the president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo through the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources has come out with this initiative to ensure that our lost forest cover is recovered. As you may be aware as recent as 1990 the forest cover of this country was 8,800,000 hectares as we speak the forest cover is about 1,500,000 hectares and if care is not taken the entire forest cover of the country will be depleted” Hon. Hafiz stated.
The Minister accentuated the need for the people of Ghana especially those within the five regions of the north to embrace this initiative with all seriousness stressing that, the Northern belt of the country has been threatened with desertification.
“As humans we need to put in efforts particularly those of us in the North we are threatened by desertification so we need to consciously plant trees to regain our past status”.
The exercise was embarked on by members of the Upper West Regional Security Council, Staff of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, heads and staff of various departments as well as officers from the Forestry Commission among other revered stakeholders.