The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, responsible for Mines, Mr George Mireku Duker has called on mining stakeholders to uphold good mining practices to help preserve and restore Ghana’s vegetative cover.
He made this call at a durbar to mark 2023 edition of the Green Ghana Day, at Tarkwa in the Western Region.
He called on all legal mining concessionaires to embrace good mining practices and initiate progressive land reclamation activities at all times.
The Deputy Minister noted that the theme for the Green Ghana project’s 2023 edition re-echoes the multiple benefits gained from trees for human life and survival, hence the common obligation to plant, monitor and safeguard through maturity.
He stated that deforestation and forest degradation continues to pose a danger to sustainable forest management and forest resources, which are depleting at an alarming rate, necessitating the need to plant trees.
Mr Mireku Duker indicated that the Western Region was expected to plant 150,000 trees as part of the 10 million and he urged Tarkwa residents to assist plant more than the 10,000 objective of trees.
On his part, the Paramount Chief of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, lauded government for the brilliant initiative to plant trees to improve the environment.
“This should not just end with planting of trees, go ahead and take care of the trees planted,” he charged residents of the area.
Irene Wirekoaa Osei- ISD