A volunteer team from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), led by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Rita A. Dickson, planted 2,000 tree seedlings on the campus of the university as part of the kNUST’s ‘One Student, One Tree’ tree planting exercise. The initiative is KNUST’s contribution to the Green Ghana Project. Tree seedlings were planted at Prince of Wales Park, Unity Hall precincts, Bomso Gate area, the new Social Science Building, the Business School, Faculty of Law, the old cemetery and the SRC Hostel.
Prof. Rita A. Dickson, Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, led the voluntary tree planting initiative. Prof. Dickson described tree planting as something that ought to be just a part of how we lived our lives.
“It’s a collective responsibility. Let’s put our energies and our strengths together to ensure planting of trees becomes our normal way of lifeProf. Rita A. Dickson | Vice-Chancellor, KNUST
Ms. Fiona Neena, Vice President of Forestry Resources Technology Students said the student association’s membership had observed the reduction in the number of trees in Ghana and wanted to plant more trees to replace them.
The following organizations donated tree seedlings to support the initiative:
- Friends of Rivers and Water Bodies – 1,000 tree seedlings
- Office of the Member of Parliament for Oforikrom – 1,000 tree seedlings
- The Forestry Resources Technology Students – 100 tree seedlings
- Head of State Award Scheme Secretariat – 100 tree seedlings
- Environmental Leadership Forum -100 tree seedlings
- KNUST Students Representative Council – 150 tree seedlings
- Graduate Students Association of Ghana – KNUST Branch – 150 tree seedlings
President of Friends of Rivers and Water Bodies Mr. Nana Dwomoh Sarpong said district assemblies had an important role to play to ensure continuity of the tree planting initiative, and charged them to enforce bye-laws. He noted that if the district assemblies did their work well, “all the unnecessary rezoning will be a thing of the past.”
President Akufo-Addo announced the Green Ghana Project in the 2021 State of the Nation Address to mobilize Ghanaians for an aggressive nationwide tree planting exercise. Subsequently, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor launched the greening project in March, 2021 as part of activities to mark this 2021 International Day of Forests, which fell on March 21. The ministry plans to institute June 11 each year as a tree-planting day.
As part of the project, more than five million tree seedlings of different species are to be planted and nurtured to maturity as an aggressive measure to preserve the country’s forest cover and the environment and roll back climate change and its debilitating impact.