As part of efforts to support the Green Ghana Project, Appolonia City has set out to plant 500 trees on Friday 11th June 2021.
The initiative which is receiving support from the Forestry Commission is meant to help Ghana achieve its overall target of 5 million trees.
In an interview with Citi Business News at the sidelines of the tree planting ceremony at Appolonia City, its CEO, Bright Owusu Amofah said the company is committed to preserving the environment.
“Every opportunity that we find, we try to plug into it, such as this government initiative. I mean aside from that, it’s a benefit to us as a company as well and to individuals and the whole nation. It’s certainly a very good initiative. We need as many plants and as much as possible and so for us, it was almost a no-brainer at all for us to tap into the initiative”.
He further explained what the company is doing independently to preserve the environment.
“As a company, privately, you probably would have noticed here in our development there are a lot of greens. Right from the conceptual stage of this project, we incorporated a lot of greens in the development. About thirty percent of the land has been earmarked for that. If you look at our master plan, there are several private parks where people can just relax and walk and stuff like that. Aside that, we are very particular about sustainability, so all the street lights here are solar street lights and that helps to reduce the pressure on the national grid”.
On her part, Forest Range Manager with the Forestry Commission, Elizabeth Pra was optimistic that more companies and individuals will show interest in planting trees.
“In the past, there was not much education on the importance of trees but since this Green Ghana Project has been introduced, I think people are now getting to know why you have to plant trees. For instance at my nursery in years past when we nurse the seedlings, people don’t come for them even if they are free of charge but this year my nurser gets finished because the education of greening Ghana has gone out and people have welcomed it”.