Nsuta Wassa (W/R), – The Ghana Manganese Company Limited (GMCL) together with Tarkwa-Nusaem Municipal Assembly have joined some traditional leaders and other organizations to plant 28,000 trees to mark the World Environment Day.
The World Environment Day which falls on June 5 was celebrated with the Green Ghana Day programme initiated by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
The aim of the exercise was to increase Ghana’s forest reserve affected by the activities of illegal miners and chainsaw operators.
The theme for this year’s celebration was “Ecosystem Restoration”.
Mr Benjamin Quarshie, Chief Sustainability officer of GMCL, observed that the whole country was gradually losing its natural reserves.
He said at GMCL they planted 1,500 palm trees at Tarkwa Banso, adding that, the company did same last year to maintain a good ecosystem.
Mr Quarshie commended the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the Green Ghana project, stressing that, “every Ghanaian should help preserve the forest and the environment for generations to come”.
Mr Emmanuel Coffie-Anum, “Environmental Manager, said GMCL had progressive plans to ensure the ecosystem and biodiversity was undertaken on the mine.
“We have reclaimed a waste dump which is about twenty hectares and GMCL always do this to enhance our biodiversity and ecosystem” he indicated”.
Mr Benjamin Kessie, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Tarkwa-Nsuaem, lamented that illegal mining and other human activities in the municipality posed a threat to the future, hence the Assembly would not relent to collaborate with security agencies to curb the menace.
He called on stakeholders to get involved to make the environment a safe place and entreated chiefs and opinion leaders to use approved channels to allocate lands to developers and hold them accountable when their actions threaten the environment.
Mr Vincent Appiah, District Manager, Forestry Commission Tarkwa, explained that apart from providing technical advice to schools, churches, Non-Governmental Organizations and individuals who came for the seedlings, his officers would monitor the progress of the trees after planting.
Nana Kwasi Atobrah II, Divisonal Chief of Essuoso, tasked Ghanaians to change their attitude towards the environment and instead plant more trees to conserve forests.
The MCE, Mr Benjamin Kessie, Chief Sustainability officer of GMCL, Mr Benjamin Quarshie, President of Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Clement Osei Amoako and the Divisional Chief of Essuoso, Nana Kwesi Atobrah II planted trees around the GMCL functional hall at Nsuta.
Source: Ghana News Agency