Friday, February 27, 2009
Tree planting exercise organised in Accra
In line with its climate change project and school linking programme, the British Council in association with the Forestry Commission has organised a tree planting exercise at the Accra Girls Senior High School in Accra. The Director of the British Council, Moses Anibaba reiterated the Council’s commitment to environmental issues adding that good environmental practices are key to the country’s socio-economic development.
The exercise was undertaken by 22 members of the Interaction Strategic Leadership Programme IASLP and 60 students of the Accra Girls Senior High school.
The IASLP is a flagship programme of the British Council, which offers the opportunity for recognized leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors in Africa and the UK to explore issues that can help transform organisations and businesses into being productive, globally competitive and socially responsible.
According to Mr. Anibaba, the exercise is aimed at combating the effect of carbon emitted by our daily activities. He gave the assurance that the project will be sustained and preserved through periodic monitoring and provision of logistics to ensure a carbon-free environment.
A District Manager with the Forestry Commission, Felix Brown, who supervised the exercise, explained that the tree planting is essential to the improvement of the environment. He said trees are life and play significant roles in our environment.
One of the participants who is the Director of Science and Innovation, Dr. Sheila Ochugboju, urged the students to raise the awareness of tree planting in their communities. She asked the students to be responsible for the trees they have planted.
The Headmistress of the School, Veronica AKapame, expressed her appreciation to the British Council and the participants and called for the exercise to be extended to other parts of the metropolis.
In all 60 trees were planted at the end of the exercise.
Paonting is by Benjamin William Leader