Regional News of 2014-05-15

KMA embarks on a tree planting project

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) is set to reward school children who partake in the assembly’s ‘Me and my tree competition’, which forms part of the Kumasi Urban Forestry Project.

The project is aimed at greening the Kumasi Metropolis.

Addressing the press in Kumasi, the Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu, said the purpose of engaging the school children in the tree planting exercise is “to instill in them the discipline to protect the environment.”

The Mayor announced that the assembly will reward the school children with computers, laptops and other school items to aid in their learning.

He noted that the project had already kick started and “it will gladden you to hear that the planting of the trees had taken off along the Asokwa and Anloga Junction roads.”

So far, about 171 trees have been planted and the planting is still ongoing. The KMA is hoping to plant over one million trees by the year 2017. The trees are to be planted along driveways, ceremonial routes, open spaces, and school compounds.

The KMA boss appealed to landlords who wish to plant trees in front of their houses to contact the Assembly, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the Department of Parks and Gardens to collect seeds for planting.

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