The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) on Friday 10 June 2022, embarked on a massive tree-planting exercise at J.A kuffour SHS at Sokoban, in a bid to restore the city to its former status as the Garden City of West Africa
The five-hour exercise,was in attendance by volunteers, chief, section of residents, Media and the Environmental sub-Committee of the Assembly, was spearheaded by Hon. Samuel Pyne, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE).
The tree seedlings were supplied by the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG),
He said KMA under his leadership would do everything humanly possible to green Kumasi in order to enhance the wellbeing of the people.
We want to bring back the days when the city was adorned with flora and fauna of various species, and which even served as a tourist attraction to many visitors to observed.
Consequently, the Assembly, he said, would increase its engagement with residents on regular basis to sensitize them on the benefits of tree-planting.
Hon. Samuel Pyne indicated that the expectation was that all and sundry would join the campaign to help the KMA achieve its objectives.
He said Last year, the assembly planted 1,000,000 trees but this year he disclosed that, a total of 2,000 000 trees expected to be planted in the metropolis.
Hon Samuel Pyne revealed that, the Assembly will not allow anyone to put up building structure at unauthorized areas demarcated for Green Ghana project.
However, Nana Boakye Yiadom Sokoban Akwamuhene lll also lauded Hon Samuel Pyne and the metropolitan Assembly for being environmentally-conscious, and appealed to traditional authorities to strive to give their backing to the noble project.
Finally, the Headmaster of JA kuffour SHS at sokoban Mr Frimpong Boateng also pledge the commitment of the school to backing the Noble project.
He hoped general public would take pride in Kumasi’s rich heritage and legacy, and strive to preserve this.
According to him, the project would afford the school children the opportunity to rehabilitate and beautify their school compounds and community, while learning valuable environmental issues through the tree planting exercise.
Pictures of Last year’s Tree
By Simon opoku Afriyie