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General News Sat, 25 May 2019

We must start community policing again to ensure sanity – Rawlings to Ghanaians

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The spate of indiscriminate felling of trees in the country is increasingly becoming worrying and for this reason, Former President, Jerry John Rawlings has asked government to re-establish the rule of community policing to help fight climate change in the country.

According to him, government cannot solely rely on the Forestry Commission to eradicate this menace of deforestation in the country; reason there is the urgent need to return the culture of community policing so that, everyone can partake in the fight for a greener environment.

He added that, the heat from the sun in recent times is unbearable and if care is not taken, global warming and climate change will have severe impact on humans in future.

The Former President said, “I believe this exercise will also contribute to offsetting the global effects that is awaiting us. The heat is just a little too much, it threatens to get worse”

He said this on Saturday, May 25, 2019 during his tree planting exercise which is to commence activities towards the marking of the 40th anniversary of the June 4 revolution.

The Former President noted that, the tree planting exercise is in line with the theme for this year’s June 4th commemoration; “Developing a national character for sustainable good governance”.

Speaking in the same vein, Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong entreated Ghanaians to desist from the habit of pruning and cutting down of trees, especially newly planted ones in their nursery beds.

He urged them to play a watchdog role in ensuring that, every tree planted grows and this, he believes will in turn make humans live healthier and stronger.

“ We all have to be watchmen over the planting of trees because, when you do it nicely within about two days, it goes in and people start cutting it off…”, he said.

Dr Agyepong however stated that his outfit is always ready to collaborate with any available stakeholder(s) who are ready to work on the environment.

The tree planting exercise started from J.J Rawlings Avenue through to Legon ECG Park.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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