The Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) has called on all media houses to see to the promotion of the ‘Green Ghana Project’ across the country.
The President of the GJA, Roland Affail Monney, in a communique urged the media houses to support the upcoming project which will see a tree planting exercise commencing tomorrow, June 11, 2021.
The Association then urged the media houses and owners to contribute immensely to promoting this project by ensuring a wider publication of the project across the country. it said the aim is to get an overwhelming majority of Ghanaians to participate in and assume ownership of the tree planting exercise.
“The Ghana Journalists Association ( GJA) is urging all journalists and media houses to play a pivotal role in this project as they saturate the airwaves and litter their newspapers with relevant programmes, situational reports, exciting stories, and well-researched features.”GJA
Media push will make project successful
The Association further stated that, if the media continues to push the program and build momentum through follow-up stories and programmes, it will make the project a success. This, it said, will inculcate in the public, especially the youth, the values of planting and nurturing trees.
“Sustainability is key to the success of the Green Ghana Project. To this end, the GJA underlines the need for media practitioners all over the country to help maintain the momentum through follow-up stories and programmes.”GJA
Moreover, the GJA said it is expecting all media owners, CEOs, editors, and practitioners not only to promote the exercise but also to take an active part to green their media houses and communities.
The GJA further revealed that an award scheme will be instituted in which special awards will be given to media houses and journalists who promote the project.
“For its part, the GJA will consider instituting SPECIAL GREEN GHANA AWARDS for journalists and media houses (traditional and online) who excel in championing this environmentally vital national exercise.”GJA
Tree planting seedlings available for pick up
The Lands and Natural Resource Ministry earlier today announced that the seedlings for the planting exercise tomorrow has been made available for pick up by interested persons who want to participate in the exercise.
The ministry said hotpot activations for seedlings pick up is ongoing at the various destinations across the country notable amongst them is the Accra Mall, Junction Mall, West Hills Mall, Kumasi Mall, and other designated centres across the country.
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor in an address yesterday stated that planting of five million trees is a big investment into the country’s forestry sector.
He also said the project is seeking to restore the forest cover and conscientize citizens to appreciate and understand the need for tree planting.
Parliament of Ghana has also thrown its support behind the Lands Ministry to see the Green Ghana project come alive. In supporting the course, Members of Parliament led by the Speaker, Alban Bagbin will be planting trees at Parliament premises and all official residences.