Akufo-Addo’stinks’ due to alleged forest reserve sales and the Green Ghana project – Bernard Oduro Takyi
The Akufo-Addo government has been admonished by youth activist Bernard Oduro Takyi (B.O.T) for allegedly selling parts of the country’s forest reserves.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, he claims, lacks the moral authority to oversee a tree-planting effort like the ‘Green Ghana’ project when his appointees are engaged in plowing forests for illicit mining.
B.O.T said the exercise was excellent because the effects of global warming were being felt all over the world on Saturday on Abranaaso on TV XYZ, although he does not believe in afforestation, as he claims.
“A government that sells its natural forest reserves to family and friends while allowing Chinese or foreigners to embark on galamsey under the protection of our respectable military without recourse to Article 268 and 269 of the Republic of Ghana’s 1992 constitution is a walking contradiction,” B.O.T told host Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah.
Green Ghana Initiative
The government launched the Green Ghana project last year, with the goal of planting 5 million trees across the country. This year’s exercise, which is in its second year, aims to plant 20 million trees. Efforts are being made to encourage students to participate actively in tree planting.
President Akufo-Addo, who planted a tree in Accra’s Efua Sutherland Children’s Park, urged all Ghanaians to participate in the project.
According to the President, the government set a goal of planting five million trees for the first edition, but ended up planting seven million trees, with 80 percent of them surviving and performing well.
While praising all Ghanaians and everyone who helped make last year’s event a success, he expressed delight that the Green Ghana Day was not politicized.
“We must leave generations unborn with a greener, more sustainable future, regardless of party affiliation,” he said.
The President said that the country had lost 100,000 acres of natural forests in the last decade alone, and that the lumber industry, which employed thousands of people, was also suffering.
“Experts and teachings from the Paris Agreement of COP 21 advise us to keep global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid the worst effects of climate change,” he added. “However, at the current rate, global warming is projected to reach 3.2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.”
Oduro Takyi, on the other hand, claims that the president’s appointees have contributed to the country’s forest reserves being depleted.
He also cited the lands bought in the Achimota Forest Reserve by the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John), a former CEO of the Forestry Commission, and bequeathed to his relatives as one of the numerous reasons why the Akufo-Addo government should not be congratulated for the Green Ghana project.