The Management of the Takoradi Port has expressed its utmost commitment to planting over a hundred (100) trees in their immediate catchment areas to help conserve the environment and to mitigate the effects of climate change in the communities.
The Management made the commitment when it joined hosts of Ghanaians to plant trees as part of the Green Ghana Day exercise which aims at greening the environment and providing shade and food when nurtured to grow.
This year’s exercise was on the theme, “Green Ghana; Let’s go Planting” and was expected to oversee the planting of some twenty (20) million trees during the exercise.
The Director of Takoradi Port, Captain Ebenezer Afedzi who led some of the staff as part of the exercise to plant the first tree in the compound of the New Takoradi Methodist School to green their environment and provide shade, underscored the need to conserve the environment through tree planting to help protect it.
He recounted how beneficial trees were to human survival, including the production of oxygen, food, leisure and fighting erosion as well as serving as windbreaks and 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.”
He, therefore, promised the commitment of the Health, Safety and Environmental Department of the Port to monitor and nurture all trees planted to make sure that they survive.
Madam Emelia Esi Eshun, Headmistress of the School was grateful to the Takoradi Port for choosing their school and the community and implored the members of the community to support the green Ghana vision to achieve its objective.
She lauded the initiative and said it will restore Ghana’s vegetation and forest cover and therefore called for a more proactive and attainable solution to ensure the success of the initiative.