The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), led by the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) – Vice Admiral (V/Adm) Seth Amoama, have activated the military’s participation in the national tree-planting project, GREEN GHANA DAY, with the planting of tree seedlings at CONGO JUNCTION, the entrance of Burma Camp, the armed forces headquarters of Ghana.
The 2022 edition of the Green Ghana Day was launched on 1 March, 2022 by the Commander-In-Chief (C-In-C) of GAF, with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources providing over 20 million varied tree seedlings, to be planted by anyone willing, across the country.
Speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the national activity, on Friday, June 10, 2022, V/Adm Amoama issued a directive to all Garrisons and Units of GAF to take active part in the noble national exercise, stating that GAF, through Operation Halt II, is already playing a key role in fighting illegal mining and its effects of massive environmental degradation.
“As we all engage in this tree planting exercise to make Ghana Green again, I take this opportunity to urge all of us not to only plant these seedlings, but nurture and protect them so that they grow into beautiful trees”, Admiral Amoama said.
He urged the exercises not to be undertaken only in our barracks but for the Units to also support the communities in which the Units are located, commanding all Garrisons across the country, to actively participate in their areas of responsibilities.
The CDS asked that the activities be undertaken in close collaboration with the Metropolitan/Municipal/District Assemblies (MMDA), in order to ensure the commitment of GAF to the C-In-C’s call for the Green Ghana Project.
He further stated that, to measure GAF’s full participation in the exercise, Commanders at all levels have been directed to submit reports on the activity, and that all Commanders, personnel and Defence Staff are to jealously guard the seedlings in order to have them grow into trees that would provide the needed forest cover.
“Our collective efforts would save unborn generations and also be a testimony of our resolve to hand over a better world to generations after ours. The Green Ghana day, is aimed at restoring the lost forest cover of Ghana and contribute to the global effort of fighting Climate Change, mobilizing for a greener future”, Admiral Amoama stated.
Ghana’s intervention to replenish the dissipated forest cover, is to help address the negative impact of global climate change, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 13 of the United Nations, which mandates every member state to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.
Present at the event were the Chief of the Army Staff – Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, the Chef of the Air Staff – Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson, Commandants of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre – Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour and Major General Francis Ofori, respectively, amongst many.