The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor has announced that government will on Monday, 25th July 2022, inaugurate a National Planning Committee to implement the new flagship programme; the Green Street Project, which he said is intended to plant trees in the median and avenues of the regional capitals of the country.
He noted that the project will be chaired by his Deputy, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio will also see to the beautification and modernization of all major cities in Ghana including the Capital city Accra, Takoradi, Kumasi, Tamale among others.
Speaking at a Press Briefing, the Minister Hon. Jinapor explained that “the strategy and the goal are that we plant trees in the avenues and the medians of the various streets of our country.
He gave examples of countries that have employed similar strategies to beautify their cities saying “Most of the developed countries have these instituted in their countries, London is an example, Paris is an example and even some African countries like South Africa”
The Minister also cataloged a number of interventions in the Forestry sector over the last year, outlining some of them as an outright ban on the harvesting, salvaging, trading, exporting, and importing of Rosewood, the development of an ecotourism handbook, the suspension of all reconnaissance, prospecting and/or exploration activities in forest reserves, except in exceptional circumstances.
He also said the Forestry Commission has established a rapid response team, which is working with other security agencies, to ensure strict compliance with these bans, and to clamp down on all illegal logging activities.
Story by:Kwaku Stephen