Ghana Manganese Company Ltd in collaboration with the Tarkwa Municipal Assembly and the Traditional Authorities has organized a tree planting exercise to mark this year’s World Environment Day Celebration, under the theme ‘Restoring our Ecosystem –Together.
Mr. Benjamin A. Quashie, the Chief Sustainability Officer of Ghana Manganese Company Ltd, in his welcome address said, the company believes the recovery of the ecosystem and conserving that which is still intact is very crucial for our existence and survival, hence the company’s decision to embark on a tree planting exercise to support the restoration of the ecosystem.
Nana K. Atobra II, in his chairman’s remarks, also acknowledged the need to protect the environment. He said, our generation will suffer severely from the continuous and persistent degradation of the ecosystems. This includes losing our fertile soil and cultivable lands to uncontrolled mining (galamsey) and erosion, pollution of our waters, and rendering it unsafe for consumption. He, therefore called on all to ensure they protect the environment by supporting the tree planting exercise.
The Chief Executive Officer of Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly, on his part also called on all to support the government’s agenda of Green Ghana. he explained, that it is our collective responsibility as individuals traditional authorities, politicians, and organizations to secure the environment.
Mr. Emmnual Anum-Coffie, the Environment Manager, GMC also said, to meet our ecosystem restoration agenda, we must stop degrading our ecosystem and undertake restoration initiatives on a massive scale.
“In the case of GMC, we have reclaimed 20 hectares of land which was affected by mine development with, palm plantation to enhance the biodiversity in the company,” he said.
The event ended with a tree planting exercise at the Tarkwa Banso Resettlement Site.