A total of 33 leaders from diplomatic missions comprising Ambassadors, High Commissioners and their representatives participated in the tree planting exercise under the government’s Green Ghana Project.
The Green Ghana Project is national in character and aimed at awakening national consciousness for everyone to plant a tree at his/her backyards, open spaces, school compounds, 100 metres from a road, among other places.
Speaking at a ceremony that saw members of the diplomatic corps plant trees at the National Seismological Observatory at Achimota in Accra, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps of Ghana, H. E. Claudia Turbay Quintero lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for championing the Greening Ghana Project which she said has the potential to safeguard Ghana’s environment for many years to come.
“President Akufo-Addo had such a wonderful and important initiative that will have an impact not only on nature and the soil of Ghana but also strengthen Ghana’s potential of having forests, water bodies and nature”.
She said the participation of the diplomatic corps was an endorsement of the Greening Ghana Project and would also strengthen the relationship between Ghana and the over 33 missions that are backing the project.
The members of the Diplomatic corps included the Head of European Union (EU) Delegation to Ghana, H.E. Diana Acconcia, the outgoing British High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E. Iain Walker and the Ambassador of Colombia to the Republic of Ghana, H. E. Claudia Turbay Quintero
Others are: the Acting Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E. Gambo Hamza, the Ambassador of Mexico to Ghana, Enrique Escorza, the Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Maria Elisa de Luna, the Italian Ambassador to Ghana and Togo, H.E. Daniela d’Orlandi, the Rwandan Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira and the Ambassador of France to Ghana, H.E. Anne Sophie Avé among others.
Welcoming the members of the diplomatic Corps, the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Mr John Allotey, indicated the Commission’s preparednessto putting in place arobust monitoring mechanism to provide advice and technical support to persons who collect and plant seedlings under the Green Ghana Project.
Mr Allotey said a dedicated telephone line will also be announced to ensure that the investment made in acquiring the over seven million seedlings for the project does not go waste.
“We are happy this project is taking off but we are more concerned about the nurturing and protection of the trees that will be planted. It is not worth it to spend money and effort to plant all these trees and not help it to grow and so the Forestry Commission will take all the records and GPS locations where the trees will be planted and visit them regularly and publish quarterly reports about the progress of the project,” the CEO submitted.