Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Adjei Sowah has called on city dwellers, to come out in their numbers and rally around the Green Ghana Project to plant five million trees in a day on Friday, June 11th 2021.
According to him the initiative which was in tandem with the Assembly's Climate and Pedestrian Action Plans would promote beautification in the city by providing shades along pedestrian walkways, greening open spaces as well as mitigate the effects of climate change.
The AMA boss said this on Wednesday when officials from the Forestry Commission presented seedlings, some of which include Mahogany, Cassia, Cashew, Cedrela, Lebbeck, Natalia tree of life, Oranges among others to the Assembly ahead of the Green Ghana Project.
"The AMA endorses and supports the project and therefore, call on all Ghanaian to grow trees," he said.
He announced that the exercise would be undertaken in all three sub- metros of the Assembly with a focus on schools, major road corridors such as the Old Winneba Road, Mantse Agbonaa among others.
"Some selected schools for the AMA Green Ghana Project include the Independence Avenue and Ayalolo Cluster of schools and Private Odartey and 28th February Road Primary schools in Ga Mashie Kaneshie 1 and 2 Cluster of schools in Okaikoi South as well as Saint Georges Anglican, Mamprobi Sempe 1 and Chemunaa Cluster of schools in Ablekuma South... We will plant some trees along the Old Winneba Road," he said.
He noted that the Assembly in 2018 launched its “Sustainable Greening and Beautification of Accra” project as part of efforts to address environmental challenges adding that out of 21 open spaces identified, 8 had been greened and developed.
He cited the Bank of Africa, Makola ECG, PWD triangles among others as areas greened.
The AMA boss reiterated the need for corporate institutions to adopt open spaces in the city.
He pointed out that the Assembly had initiated a programme to grow 100,000 trees in the metropolis adding that his outfit had partnered with institutions such as the European Union (EU), schools among others to make the vision a reality.