Government’s afforestation program dubbed “Green Ghana project“ will complement the University of Ghana’s Vice Chancellor’s Green Project.
This is according to the Coordinator of the Vice Chancellor’s Green Project, Dr. Benjamin Denkyira Ofori.
In an interview with UniversNews, Dr. Ofori explained that Vice Chancellor’s Green Project has contributed to the afforestation drive of the institution by “hitting the 10,000 marks of the number of trees planted through the initiative since its inception.”
“For the University, these are some of the things that we have been teaching and so we should be seen to be practicing what we teach and we are lucky in the sense that University land space is quite big so we have the natural vegetation,” he stated.
Dr. Ofori however expressed concerns over the gradual encroachment of some part of University of Ghana lands. He indicated that such activities were contributing to the destruction of the vegetative cover of the University.
“Unfortunately people have been encroaching upon the land space – cutting trees, clearing the vegetation for farming. As a result of that there has been the need for us to make sure that we undertake some replanting of the trees particularly in the built-up environment so that we can have some shade and we can have our own micro climate which is much more serene” he assured.
Meanwhile, the Curator of the Grounds from the Environmental Health Unit of the University of Ghana, Mr. Philip Quaye says measures have been instituted to ensure that the trees planted grow to their fullest maturity.
” If each individual takes care of a tree then the trees will survive so over here we have a team dedicated to the maintenance of the trees,” he said.
The University of Ghana “Green Ghana” project was launched by some senior members of the management of the University in partnership with the Physical Development and Municipal Services Directorate staff at the entrance of the University.
The Green Ghana Project is expected to be rolled out over a 5 year period and it will see the systematic implementation of policies, programs, and action plans which will result in the restoration of the forest cover of the country.