The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, has applauded ex-President John Dramani Mahama, for accepting to plant a tree as part of the Green Ghana Day, come June 10, 2022.
Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, argues that “this is a Ghana project and not a party project and that is why I am so grateful to our ex-President, John Mahama, who has agreed to plant with us on June 10”.
Mr Jinapor, stressed that “the seedlings are not to be sold, they are for free, let no one lie to you and take your money. 20 million seedlings are being obtained for this year’s planting”
The Minister, disclosed this during an interview on Peace FM’s morning show “Kokrokoo” on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, while announcing that this year’s agenda is to first stop deforestation and secondly, pursue aggressive afforestation with a strategy to plant 10 million of the purported 20 million trees in degraded Forest Reserves.
He noted that with the other 10 million, the Ministry, has engaged a number of institutions to adopt compartments to be branded in their name for the planting to be done there.
Mr Jinapor, was quick to add that it’s, however, not too late for other institutions who want to be a part of this compartment adoption idea, to phone in and book for the needed arrangements to be done.
“Schools are also involved and that is why we launched the *One-Student, One-Tree initiative* in Cape Coast last Friday. So we are hopeful that on June 10, all students will come out and plant their trees” he continued.
Calling on all to participate, the Sector Minister, said “if this ambitious target of 20 million seedlings will be achieved, all Ghanaians would have to come on board to make it a success”.
The Minister further, stated that the President will lead the trend to do the Presidential Commemorative Planting at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park, followed by the Vice President in the North, Traditional Leaders, Otumfuo, the Northern Chiefs, the Chief Imam, parliamentarians, the diplomatic corps among many other national leaders.
He sighted examples of various lands that have been returned to the pre-acquisition owners through Executive Instruments (EI) and the rightful law processes.
The Minister, said he, therefore, has no justification to question their actions which were rightfully done based on the law and “Our only aim is to administer land matters with utmost transparency and integrity” he concluded.
Touching on the Mines
Sector, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources said the government is putting together appropriate policies and regulations in place to restore the water bodies and forest cover in order to help improve the vegetation of the country.
He maintained that the Gold Katcha machines are one of the main mechanisms to help encourage responsible Small Scale Mining adding that some extra 300 of the Mercury- Free technologies will be soon added and this he assured will be distributed to Regions, naming Ashanti, Western and Savannah as examples.
Mr Jinapor explained how the machines uses limited water and does not contain mercury which he said will not go down to destroy the rest of the clean water bodies the country has left, adding that the mercury-free machine technologies recovery process is 90% free.
According to the sector Minister, “ I know a lot of people who have delved into legal small-scale mining and have made it so other Ghanaians can emulate the same to help us fight galamseyers together and this can not be done without your contributions.” He added.