By Cecil Mensah
The Minister of Environment, Technology and Innovations, Mahama Ayariga, has expressed concerns about the indiscriminate falling of tress for fire wood in the country.
He said, the demand for fire wood in the urban areas has made it possible for the people in the villages to continue fall virgin trees.
He explained the amount of trees needed for fire wood in the urban areas, has been the bane of indiscriminate falling of virgin trees in the country.
He said the government was considering the option of the use of biogas, by converting the toilets over one thousand schools across the country to generate power for cooking.
He said the Ministry is working collaboration with the Ministry Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to make this policy a reality by the beginning of next year.
The Minister gave hints of this policy statement, when the Ambassador William Hanna, Head of the European Union (EU) mission in Ghana paid a courtesy call on him in office in Accra.
He said, when the policy was operational in the basic, secondary schools and tertiary institutions gas can be produced for cooking and lights, thereby taking them from national grid.
He said, in doing so the national grid would be used for powering of air conditioners and other heavy duty equipments.
If the policy is operational, people will halt the falling of trees, because the high demand for fire wood would be halted by the mass use of biogas.
He questioned why the country, has failed to make use of the huge potential of turning waste to power.
He pledged that under his stewardship, all toilets in the basis, secondary schools and tertiary institutions, would be converted into the production of biogas.
He said, the President John Mahama, has directed that the policy be implemented to take some domestic users of power from the National grid.
Aside this, the Ministry is working with chiefs to plant more trees in the coming years, as the Ministry targets planting thirty million trees.
He said, in the North, many households plant trees for domestic purposes, such as shades for their homes.
On his part, the EU Ambassador, Mr William Hanna, said the mission was working with the country for the development of the people.
He said, the EU would be working in partnership with the Ministry to plant more trees in the coming years.
He said the mission was aware of the challenges confronting the North and the mission was working in partnership to have some of these challenges resolved.
He said, as part of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout issues, environmental protection are key.