Kufuor Scholars Plant Trees on World Environment Day

Hon. Edward Owusu, District Chief Executive (in dark glasses) taking a seedling for the first planting

June 6, 2017. The 2017 Class of Kufuor Scholars, currently attending the annual Leadership Camp in the small town of Bantama in Sene West District of the Brong Ahafo Region, celebrated World Environmental Day by planting trees at the site of the African Plantations for Sustainable Development (APSD). The APSD is a Norwegian private biomass energy generation company.

The tree planting exercise that involved the Tabebuia specie was led by Mr. Edward Owusu, the District Chief Executive of the area who paid a visit to the scholars at the camp. Also present were Prof. Baffour Agyeman-Duah, CEO of the John A. Kufuor Foundation and Dr. Pascal Brenya, coordinator of the Scholars Program.

According to APSD Environmental Officer Samuel Okine, the exercise added to the company’s project to ultimately generate 600 megawatts of power for the national grid. Mr. Okine explained that the company hopes to plant over 75 million trees (eucalyptus) on some 25,000 hectares of land after which power generation will commence.

Further explaining the significance of the project, the APSD community liaison officer Derrick Mensah Yeboah said afforestation mitigates the effect of global warming which continues to be a global concern, by reducing the carbon monoxide content in the atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The District Chief Executive, Mr. Edward Owusu, expressed delight with the project and urged Ghanaians to preserve the green vegetation that has endowed the nation.

In an interview with EdemKojo Doe, a Scholar and student of Environmental Health and Sanitation Education at the University of Education, Winneba, said, he was pleased to have been part of the exercise and encouraged all to emulate the gesture of planting trees in their various communities to protect our forests and to sustain lives.

Before, during and after the tree planting and the tour of the plantation, officers of APSD engaged the Kufuor Scholars who had also paid a visit to learn about the challenges facing the community, in the public sector and on environmentalissues. Their visit was part of the three-year leadership mentorship program they are undergoing

The World Environment Day, (WED), is an annual celebration on the world calendar earmarked to create awareness on the significance of tree in the environment. The theme for the year’s celebration is “Connecting People to Nature”

Environmental degradation in Ghana has become a national concern in recent times following the insurgence of illicit mining and illegal chainsaw activities. While this has attracted mass advocacy by many sector players, there is the need to accelerate the preservation of the nation’s green vegetation