The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in partnership with the Forestry Commission has announced plans to plant edible trees along the banks of the Korle lagoon to protect it from further encroachment and pollution.
The trees which would be planted within the 20-metre buffer zone separating the Old Fadama community in Agbogbloshie, from the lagoon would begin on Friday after a recce of the sites on Wednesday.
The Korle Lagoon in Accra is a major outlet through which all major drainage channels in the city empty their wastes into the sea.
Speaking at an engagement with the Chiefs and community leaders of Old Fadama on Monday, Chief Executive of AMA, Mohammed Adjei Sowah said the exercise comes on the back of a massive tree-planting project expected to take place on 11th June 2021 across the country through the Green Ghana Project.
He said the purpose of the exercise was to protect the lagoon, its buffer zone, as well as the old fadama community adding that government does not intend to relocate the community but to develop the area.
He expressed concerns over how the lagoon had been encroached on and called on the Chiefs and community leaders to support the Assembly as well as remain fair and firm in their decisions to bring development to the community.
"We know there are Chiefs and community leaders here and we expect them to be fair and firm in their decisions against those who go contrary to lay down procedures... The politicisation of issues and being tribalistic about everything, will not bring development to the community... The government is showing good faith and as leaders, you must also play your part,” he said.
Dr Joseph Appiah- Gyapong, Head of Donor Relations and Projects at the Forestry Commission, expressed commitment to support the project assuring that his outfit was fully prepared for the exercise and would make available all the type of seedlings.
Abdul Mugeed Salifu, Programmes Manager at People's Dialogue (PD), a Ghanaian development organization in charge of facilitating engagement on the project said community members would be engaged to identify an agreed buffer.
" This is not the first time we are discussing protecting the lagoon... The buffer as we all know of has been encroached on and we will have to engage community members to agree on the buffer to plant the trees," he said.
Togbui Arku Sabah, Secretary to the Old Fadama Council of Chiefs expressed commitment towards the project and assured that the Council would begin sensitising the community members about the tree planting exercise to achieve the needed results.