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Hundreds of people poured out in their numbers last Friday on the main campus of the Catholic University of Ghana at Fiapre near Sunyani, where the Bono regional edition of this year’s Green Ghana Day was held to commemorate the occasion.

The Regional Minister, Justina Owusu Banahene, was joined by officials of the Forestry Commission, the Vice-Chancellors of the Catholic University of Ghana, the University of Energy and Natural Resources and the Sunyani Technical University as well as several others to kick-start the planting of 600,000 tree seedlings, which is the region’s target for this year.

The Regional Minister encouraged the people of the region to take the Green Ghana Day event seriously as it will go a long way to compliment government’s efforts at restoring degraded landscape in the country and inculcating in youth the value of planting and nurturing trees.

She said the Green Ghana Day further seeks to mitigate watersheds, enhance livelihoods towards communities through engagement in the production of tree seedlings as well as beautify our communities and the environment in general.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Sunyani Technical University, Ing. Prof. Kwadwo Adinkrah-Appiah, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, said the rapid degradation of the country’s forest should be a great source of worry for all Ghanaians and called for a collective national action to reverse the trend.

He commended the government for instituting this programme saying, this will go a long way in helping to address issues relating to deforestation and climate change.

“When my institution, the Sunyani Technical University (STU), successfully hosted the event last year as part of our 55 Anniversary activities, we planted and nurtured about 2,000 tree seedlings. I am happy to report that most of the seedlings planted by the staff and students of STU are doing well and would remain part of what we call a “legacy project” for the University’s 55th-anniversary celebration”, he also said.

As part of the event, the Regional Minister, Justina Owusu Banahene inspected some of the trees planted during the previous Green Ghana Day celebrations to ascertain how they were faring.

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