Captain Ebenezer Afadzi, the Director, Port of Takoradi has stressed the need to conserve the environment through tree planting to mitigate the incessant effects of climate change in communities.
He noted how beneficial trees were to human survival, including the production of oxygen, foods, leisure, fighting erosion and serving as wind breaks.
Captain Afadzi said: ” As I speak, carbon dioxide comes out of me…the tree will absorb it and give me oxygen in return, a very essential life commodity”, when he planted the first tree crop in the compound of the New Takoradi Methodist school.
The exercise forms part of a nationwide tree planting exercise dubbed “Greening Ghana.” to green their environment, provide shade and food when nurtured to grow.
The Management of Port of Takoradi has decided to plant over 100 of such tree crops in their immediate catchment area to also mitigate the effect of oceanic activities on the environment.
The tree-planting exercise, apart from greening the environment, would provide shade and food when they are nurtured and grow well.
He promised the commitment of the Health, Safety and Environmental Department to monitor and nurture all trees planted to survive.
Ms. Emelia Esi Eshun, the Headmistress of the School was grateful to the Port for choosing their school and the community and called for community support to realised the green Ghana vision.
She lauded the initiative to restore Ghana’s vegetation and forest cover and called for pragmatic mechanism to ensure its successes.
By Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA