Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Gardens Ghana, has launched “Sustainable Greening and Beautification of Accra” project for Accra metropolis.
The project was part of actions being undertaken by the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah’s administration to address environmental challenges.
Mr Sowah, who launched the campaign, said an assessment conducted to appreciate the primary source of environmental degradation, revealed that the earth and its resources were in danger in Accra and, therefore, if well-coordinated plans were not developed and implemented, sustainable development in Accra would be affected.
He revealed that the project, which would be piloted in some areas of Accra including Ministries, Independence Square, Ridge, Accra Sports Stadium and Ako Adjei Interchange, would also comprise community durbars, house-to-house sensitisation on protection of environment, promotion of green space development and the improved awareness.
He rubbished the claims by some critics that Accra was dirty.
“Last year, we piloted a waste segregation programme in basic schools in Osu Klottey Sub-Metro and have introduced further waste segregation in all government second cycle institutions within the AMA.
“We have undertaken major decongestion within the central business district (CBD) of Accra, which led to the reduction in waste generation by 30 per cent and improved traffic movement by close to 25 per cent,” he added.
In an address, the Coordinating Director of AMA, Mr Ayeh Dartey, described the greening and open spaces development project as good initiative designed by the assembly to ward off many encroachers who had illegally taken over unfenced open spaces belonging to AMA.
He called for support from corporate Ghana and individual organisations to partner the AMA to sustain the project.
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