Baffour Akwasi Oppong, the National chairman for Ghana National Scholarship Beneficiaries Association (GNASBA) has appealed to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies as well as traditional rulers, to help encourage communities to grow more trees during this rainy season.
That, he said would provide shade and wind breakers to avoid the destruction of schools and residential building, by rainstorm.
He also advised the government to take a second look at the National Sanitation Programme, by including tree planting during the rainy season to encourage schools and communities to plant and grow more trees.
Baffour Oppong, made the appeal through The Ghanaian Times in Accra last week.
He said the association had targeted to plant and grow about 20,000 trees this year in its schools tree planting campaign.
However, Baffour Oppong, said one of the major problems affecting the tree planting exercise was how to transport seedlings to the planting sites, whether at school compounds or any community.
He assured the schools and communities that have applied for seedlings to grow in various communities that GNASBA would soon come to those areas to assist them to plants trees in order to reduce the high rate of desertification, heat and wanton destruction of schools and residential buildings by rain storms.
Baffour Oppong used the occasion to announce this year’s GNASBA Schools Tree Planting Campaign on the theme, “Understanding the value of trees: Our shelter and economic livelihood”.
He commended Fan Milk Limited, the Forestry Commission and the Chamber of Mines, whose effort had made it possible for GNASBA and other stakeholders to plant trees in schools and in communities across the country.