By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA
Kyebi, Aug 15,
GNA - Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, Okyenhene and the Akyem Abuakwa
Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), have launched a tree
planting project aim at planting over 10,000 trees in the area to protect the
The project is
a collaborative effort between the Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery of the PCG and
Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin as part of his 20th anniversary celebration as the
Speaking at a
special service to launch the project at the Ebenezer Congregation of the PCG
at Kyebi, Reverend Dr Seth Kissi, Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery Chairperson, said
the Presbyterian Church believed in stewardship of the environment, hence the
reference to Genesis 2:15 “the Lord took the man and put him in the garden of
Eden to work it and keep it,” said and he continued that “we understand from
this text that working and keeping the land has no room for careless
exploitation of land resources but their sustainable use”
explained that the sustainable use of natural resources, among other things,
demanded that “the tree we cut down for building, farming and other purposes
are replaced” and in the light of that the tree planting project was an attempt
by Osagyefo and the PCG, to help restore the large vegetation cover destroyed
over the years.
Chairperson, indicated that the adage that “when the last tree dies, the last
man dies” says it all and stressed the importance of trees in the life of
society and development and disclosed that due to the indiscriminate cutting of
trees, several schools in the area were affected during rainstorm and expressed
the hope that the project would aggressively addressed that deficiency.
He said under
the project, they intend to plant an average of 25 trees around each of the 259
Presbyterian schools, an average of 15 trees around each of the 91 chapels of
the PCG and 15 trees around the Mission Houses in the area and thanked the
Forestry Commission for supplying the needed seedlings for the project.
on his part, said the biblical saying that ‘be fruitful and multiply’ was not
about childbearing alone, but multiplying the natural resources that God had
put within our power to multiply such as trees to provide windbreaks during
times of disasters and medicines for healing.
He said it was
deeply regrettable that the Akyem area known as ‘kwaebibrem’ to wit ‘dense
forest’ was now a shadow of itself because of degrading human activities such
as illegal lumbering and mining of all kinds “whether legal or illegal”.
recalled that years ago, the Birim River was purer than the ‘so called’
purified water put in sachets and bottles and provided thousands of people
clean natural water because of the forest and trees that surrounded it and
appealed to all to support the project.
project, the Okyenhene would tour the over 140 towns and villages under the
Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area and distribute the seedlings for the tree
planting as well as campaign for good nutrition for children, beginning from
September 9th, this year.