The Melcom Group of Companies, one of the biggest retail outlets in Ghana has partnered the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to plant some trees in the Central Business District (CBD) as part of activities to mark the company's 30 year anniversary.
The ceremony which saw the planting of trees at an open space in front of Assembly Press and the Accra City Hotel forms part of the Assembly’s efforts to green, beautify and mitigate the negative effects of climate change in the city.
Chief Executive of AMA, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who led the team in planting the trees assured that the Assembly was committed to improving the quality of air in the city hence the need to plant more trees.
This effort is to increase climate resilience towards achieving the sustainable development agenda.
"The Assembly will soon launch a tree planting exercise to mitigate the effects of urbanization which has cause a change in the city's landscape with lots of buildings and not enough trees. Trees are being pulled down to make way for buildings and we must consciously replace else we may not have oxygen to breathe and make the city more resilient and sustainable,” he said.
Mayor Sowah who is also a Vice Chair of The Steering Committee of C40 Cities (Climate Leadership Group) urged the general public to desist from walking on lawns warning that people who are caught would face the full rigours of the law.
The Director of Communications of the Melcom Group of Companies, Godwin Avenorgbo, said that this forms part of activities to mark the company's 30 years anniversary.
He lauded the AMA for initiating a greening and beautification project for the city adding that his outfit was ready to support any initiatives in that direction.
He noted that the colour green in the Ghana Flag represents the potential to maximize greenery for sustainable living adding that "It’s a gift from God for a healthy environment, improved agriculture for high yields in food and cash crops."
He expressed concerns over the " destruction of vegetation in the name of development,” stressing that it is for this reason why Melcom wants to support on-going initiatives to green and beautify Accra.
“Melcom is willing to support initiatives that will improve the environment, we are visible across the country and we are ready to help the green and beautify the city,” he added.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) launched the “Sustainable Greening and Beautification of Accra Project” to beautify the Accra metropolis by building a partnership with communities, institutions, schools and homes.
The project was also designed to improve the aesthetics of the city, enhance mobility and increased social interaction that would see to the greening and manicuring of all open spaces under the first phase of implementation.