METROPOLITAN, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) will soon roll up policies to develop parks and gardens, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, has disclosed.
He said such gardening would help the aged and children in the society keep alive and love the environment.
He was addressing the closing ceremony of the 2015 Ghana Garden and Flower show held in Accra on the theme The World is your garden”
The show, organised by Strategic Communication Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa), besides creating awareness in the commercial and psychological benefits of urban beautification and gardening, was also to create employment avenues.
Mr Vanderpuye said the policy, which would take off next year, was intended to protect the environment as well induce the Ghanaian community to respect the law of green and nature.
He commended Stratcomm Africa for such a programme and pledged to collaborate with it in subsequent programme as it helped to educate participants on both the health and economic benefits of gardening and flowering.
The minster disclosed that the ministry would be instituting an award scheme to reward Regional Coordinating Councils and MMDA that would best protect their environment and make them greener.
“Government would be resourcing the Department of Parks and Gardens to be able to carry out its mandates effectively,” he added.
Ms Esther Cobbah, Chief Executive of Stratcomm Africa, said the programme enabled participants to exhibit their horticulture and floriculture tools with appropriate fertilizers which would enable people to create beautiful gardens.
She commended the participants for making the show a success and urged the public to take advantage of the many opportunities in the horticulture industry.
As part of the closing ceremony, the Ghana Garden Flower Club was launched Awards were also given to schools, hotels, banks and other private individuals that did well in promoting a green environment.
By Ernestina A Boateng