The International Chartered Institute of Accountants Ghana (ICAG) has planted 180 trees on the premises of Kumasi Anglican Senior High School (KASS) in Kumasi, Ashanti Region as part of efforts to mark the 3rd edition of the Green Ghana Day project.
The Green Ghana Day initiative was launched in 2021 by President Nana Akufo-Addo under the auspices of the Ministry of Lands and Natural resources as part of an agenda to restore the lost forest cover, mitigate the negative effects of climate change and also to meet governments afforestation and reforestation agenda.
This year, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Forestry Commission is targeting to plant 10 million trees across the country.
The commemorative planting of the trees in Kumasi was held at the Golf Course by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, with the help of deputy Minister, Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio.
Meanwhile, the ICAG members planted trees such as weeping willow, royal palm tree and some coconuts around the school’s administration, behind classroom blocks and other parts of KASS compound.
Speaking to the B&FT after the tree planting exercise, President of the Ashanti Regional Chapter of ICAG, Dr. Robert Donaldy, indicated that the gesture is part of ICAG’s social responsibility. He added that his team would ensure they nurture every plant they put in the soil to grow very well for the school to reap its benefits in the long-term.
“We selected KASS because we think we can be coming closer to monitoring the trees that we are planting today. We have talked to the members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG) to plant at least a tree which they would monitor and nurture, as part of their project,” Dr. Donaldy said.
Deputy Minister, Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio, for his part, noted that the trees planted should be nurtured properly.
“We are entreating everyone to nurture the trees to survive because the exercise is not about just planting trees. Take care of the trees like your child,” the minister stressed.
Furthermore, Mr. Owusu-Bio expressed appreciation to members of ICAG Ashanti Region Chapter for taking an active part in helping the government meet its target on the Green Ghana Day agenda.
“We will thank ICAG for also coming on board to partner the Forestry Commission to undertake the Green Ghana Day project. We see them as collaborative partners that even though their field has to do with accounting, they are indebted to the environment and want to contribute their quota to help change the environment for the better,” he said.