Mayor for Kumasi Metropolis Hon Osei Assibey has amplified the much talked about flagship program “Operation Keep Kumasi Clean and Green” by entering into a partnership with officials of the Central Sector Cadet Corps.
By virtue of his visionary leadership, the assembly and the later organization on Friday 19th March 2021 kick-started a project aimed at planting 2000 trees (Blighia Sapida specie) within 187 public basic schools located within the Metropolis.
The exercise according to the plans of implementers will last for a period of 4 weeks; precisely ending on 19th of April 2021.
Per the modus-operandi, each Friday of every week will be used for the tree planting and that staff of the various schools will be engaged for the exercise.
Student-volunteers will as well take care of the trees by watering and nurturing them as a way of ensuring sustainability.
Briefing www.leakynews.net on the sidelines at the launch of the project, Major Nagode Francis (Coordinator for the Central Sector Cadet Core) underlined that after the four weeks, an intensive public sensitization will be carried out so as to touch the conscience of the citizenry on the need to plant and protect existing plants and the reciprocal effect on man and the environment if they are not protected.
The foregoing he underscored is premised on the indiscriminate felling of trees which characterizes most communities in the country.
City Mayor for Kumasi Hon Osei Assibey took the lead in planting the first ceremonial tree at Martyrs of Uganda R/C Primary School out of the seven which were planted within the same school.
Addressing the media, he indicated that considering the Sustainable Development Goals, tree planting if adopted will go a long way to solve most of the problems confronting the environment and humanity.
He said it will help reduce the level air pollution, hence the need to support the Cadet in the tree planting exercise.
He recalled that KMA during the year 2017 launched “Operation Keep the City Clean and Green” and by so doing planted a lot of trees.
He applauded the illustrious delivery of the late and former Boss for Ghana Forestry Commission Lawyer Owusu Afriyie a.k.a “Sir John” on how he laid the foundation and recruited a lot of people to support the city’s agenda in the tree planting exercise.
“Within the shortest time that he commanded the position, many trees were planted in and around the city. Sir John is gone but he has laid the foundation. So we want to inculcate that into our school children so that if they all plant trees, then straight away we will be able to bring back the glories day of Kumasi being the garden city.”