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Kumasi takes steps to restore beautiful scenery

By Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, July 18, GNA – The Kumasi Metropolitan
Assembly (KMA) has launched massive tree-planting at Atasemanso as part of step
up effort to restore the city’s beautiful scenery, which earned it the
accolade, “Garden City of West Africa”.

This is being done with support from the
‘Friends of River and Water Bodies’, an environmental NGO, and the Forestry
Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG).

Mr. Osei Asibey Antwi, the Metropolitan Chief
Executive (MCE), said they had targeted to plant 20,000 tree seedlings across
the city by the close of the year.

It is expected that 1,000 of these would be
planted in the Nhyiaeso sub-metropolitan area alone.

The tree seedlings are being supplied by FORIG
and include ‘Terminalia montalis’, ‘Bliglia sapida’, ‘Polythia longifolia’,
‘Militia thonningi’ and royal palm.

Mr. Asibey Antwi said he was eager to see the
greenery of the city return.

He added that steps had been taken to protect
the trees, nurture their growth and prevent them from being destroyed.

The MCE said there had never been a time in
the history of mankind when the issue of environmental protection had become so
urgent and critical.

He made reference to the high level of
pollution associated with the growing industrialization and urbanization and
said it was time the people acted together to safeguard the environment.

He spoke of the determination of the assembly
to deepen the engagement with the people to motivate them to take to tree planting.

Nana Owusu Barima III, the chief of
Atasemanso, rallied his colleague traditional leaders to lead the campaign to
halt the environmental degradation.

Nana Dwomoh Sarpong, Executive Director of the
Friends of River and Water Bodies, called for stiffer punishment for those who
flouted environmental-sanitation bye-laws of the assemblies.

The KMA over the last three years, under the
Urban Forestry Project, had planted trees at Asokwa, Santasi, and along the
Sofoline – Tanoso road.

GNA

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