The District Chief Executive Hon. AL-Latiff Tetteh Amanor planted the first tree in the Vakpor community in the Ningo Prampram District to mark the Green Ghana Day on 9th June 2023. The Green Ghana, is an initiative of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)15. This goal is to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”.
This goal falls in line with the SDG 13, which promotes actions that combat climate change and its impacts. A total of two thousand (2000) seedlings, were distributed to schools, Assembly members, chiefs and the general public for planting. They were plant in the District at different commercial planting sites.
The DCE, thanked the chiefs and the community members for accepting the presidents’ initiative. He mentioned that the assembly is poised to protecting the villages in terms of Agricultural activities and other natural resources. He assured the elders of the community that the district would do its best, possible, to address their challenges.
Delivering the welcome address, the Presiding Member, who is the Assembly Member elect for the Vakpor community, Hon Solomon Djangmah, thanked the Assembly for choosing the community. He entreated all present including the school children to make friends with trees by planting and protecting them. He said the nation, is aiming to plant ten million (10m) trees this year.
He appealed to the management of the District Assembly to construct a CHPS compound for the community to address their basic health challenges. He also appealed to the Assembly to protect the wholesomeness of the Yoduey Pond which has been the only potable drinking water source for the community.
An opinion Leader of the village, Mr. Oliver Agbenyo-Ahiafo also joined in the call on the Assembly to secure the electrification of the community. He lamented over how the community has been in darkness for a long period of time. He disclosed that the electrification of the community commenced in 2007. It however, halted midway and the community had remained in darkness till date. He passionately appealed to the District Chief Executive to assist in the electrification of the community.
Mr. Oliver, also mentioned that the community depends on the Yoduey pond for virtually everything after the pipe-borne water line was cut off during the construction of the Prampram-Kpone road. This has taken a serious toll on their potable drinking water. This development, he said has been duly communicated to the Ghana Water Company but the situation has still not been resolved. He therefore, called on the DCE to intervene.
TAccording to the District Agricultural Director, Mr. Prince Boateng, the variety of trees planted were, Mahogany, Militia Cacia, Flamboyant, Montalis, Royal Palm, Red Sandalwood and Albizia Lebeck. He, together with the the District Coordinating Director, Mr. Bernard Mats Yingura, the Hon. Presiding Member Mr. Solomon Djangmah, the Chiefs and elders of the Vakpor community and the pupils took turns to plant these trees.