The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has planted 71,000 tree seedlings as part of activities commemorating its 60th anniversary.
The exercise was the university’s contribution to the government’s “Green Ghana Project”, which started on Friday, June 10, 2022 across the country for the planting of 20 million trees nationwide.
The “Green Ghana Project” was initiated by the government through the Forestry Commission through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
Professor Johnson Nyarkoh Boampong, Vice Chancellor of UCC, in a brief remark to start the exercise, called on Ghanaians to take deliberate action to restore the lost vegetation cover caused by human activities, in order to mitigate the threats of climate change.
He noted that deforestation has led to the reduction of oxygen concentration in the atmosphere, caused erratic rainfall and the outbreak of various unknown diseases that needed urgent solutions.
Professor Boampong therefore praised the government for initiating the Green Ghana project, which he said would go a long way towards restoring, if not all, much of the country’s forest cover.
The vice-chancellor said the university had maintained the 30,000 trees planted last year and they were doing well.
He said the university trained students in efficient agriculture to instill in them the habit of planting and caring for them.
Prof Boampong said planting trees in line with the government’s Green Ghana project was part of his vision to green UCC and protect the environment.
Trees planted on the school’s 60 hectares of land included exotic species including teak and mahogany, Ofram, cedrela and others.
Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, the Omanhen from the traditional Oguaa area who participated in the exercise, said it was imperative to challenge the climate with the planting exercise to restore the forest.
He suggested that the exercise be done on a monthly basis to quickly recover lost reserves instead of on an annual basis, urging the commission to ensure that all trees planted were tracked to achieve the expected results.
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