Last Saturday, June 11, 2022, the Ekumfi Abor Green Campaign dubbed: ‘22.27 Abor Green Campaign’ (22.27 means 2022 to 2027) was launched at Ekumfi Abor, with many Ekumfi dignitaries in attendance. The launching of the project coincided with that of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s initiative named: ‘Green Ghana’ which came off a day earlier.
The ‘22.27 Ekumfi Abor Green Campaign’ is an initiative of Nana Amoasi VII, Chief of Ekumfi Abor, and Ankobeahen (Chief of Staff) of Ekumfi Traditional Area in the Central Region. The campaign is being led and championed by the youth of Ekumfi Abor Esikafo’ambantem operating under the registered name ‘Esikafo’ambantem Progressive Association (EPA)’.
The initiative is in response to the increasing pressure exerted by human activities on the environment, and changes caused to its quality and the quantity of natural resources. The objective of the campaign is to promote environmental justice, build a clean and healthy community, and produce regeneration outcomes for Ekumfi Abor and its environs.
Over the next five years (22.27) the plan is to:
- Plant 10,000 pieces of different trees (fruit bearing, non-fruit bearing, and hardwoods etc.).
- Regenerate and promote 10 heritage sites of cultural and environmental significance.
- Grow and preserve 80 different species of flowering and non-flowering plants of ornamental, medicinal and health values.
- Educate and create awareness on protection and conservation of environment.
- Make Abor the most-sanitised and hygienic town in Ekumfi.
- Support the goal of making Abor a destination of choice.
The strategy of the Nana Amoasi VII Foundation, and Esikafo’ambantem Progressive Association (EPA) in preventing, reducing, mitigating pressures, and/or environmental damages will be to:
- Lead the Abor community to protect, regenerate and promote heritage sites such as sacred groves, ponds, sanctuaries, forests and streams.
- Work to improve citizens’ understanding of the state of the environment, the benefits of a healthy environment, preservation of natural habitats, and the effect of their actions on the natural world.
- Assist individuals, the community and businesses to reduce their activities which negatively impact the environment through greener decision-making.
- Inspire residents to enrich the environment, encourage individuals and organisations to actively improve their local environment.
- Develop proactive strategies to address issues of environmental degradation in the community.
- Co-operate with scientific and other professional communities from all parts of the world to advance stated objectives.
During the maiden tree-planting exercise which came off last Saturday after the launch of the initiative, the Esikafo’ambantem Progressive Association (EPA) members joined the Nana Amoasi VII Foundation to plant over 200 pieces of fruit bearing trees such as Mango, Orange, and Coconut. The group also distributed to the various clans in Ekumfi Abor some 1,000 different types and species of hardwood trees including Mahogany, Cassia, Ofram and Cedrella, for planting within the larger Abor community.
The Nana Amoasi VII Foundation wishes to thank the Ekumfi District Chief Executive, Ebenezer Monney, for supplying some trees for the project, and attending in person to cut the sod for the project. The foundation is also thankful to KSam Essilfie Medical Foundation for supplying a bulk of the trees for the maiden exercise, and serving as volunteers for the tree-planting exercise.
The Foundation is equally grateful to the many dignitaries such as Nana Fati, Nana Kwasi Nyame, Mr. Cregg Afful and Hon. Saeed, who attended the launching of the project and patronised the tree-planting exercise. The foundation is appreciative for their taking turns to address the Abor community on the importance of the initiative, and driving the environmental awareness and protection campaign.
To the many supporters, such as Karman Investment Ltd., Vittles and Wine Co. Ltd., NKN Mastercraft Works, Team Saeed Co. Ltd., M. Y. Ventures, energynewsafrica.com, MEMBERS Ventures, FARRA Domestics & Events, and RS Refrigeration; Nana Amoasi VII Foundation says Ayeekoo.
The Nana Amoasi VII Foundation and the Esikafo’ambantem Progressive Association (EPA), welcomes philanthropic groups, benevolent individuals, and other non-governmental organisations to support the initiative launched.