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Nelson, Abebrese Plant Trees for Green Ghana Initiative



Ghana’s former professional boxer, Prof. Azumah Nelson and actress Ama K. Abebrese joined Geodrill, a leading exploration drilling company to plant trees as part of the government’s intent to plant five million trees across the country as an initial programme under the Green Ghana Initiative.

Prof. Azumah Nelson emphasized that the Green Ghana Project is a laudable initiative that needs to be supported by all Ghanaians, saying that human existence hinges directly on the survival of trees. Thus, without the oxygen produced by trees, we cannot survive as human beings.

He was very hopeful that the initiative, as a concerted effort on the part of every citizen, would help restore the environment for a better life for all.

The tree planting exercise took place at the Children of the Light education centre in Aburi, on Tuesday, 8th June 2021. Geodrill has been a long-standing patron of Children on the Light.

Founded by Jeanette Brown Opoku, Children of the Light has since 2005 been operating as a registered charitable organisation in Ghana, with a passion to help further children’s education in a holistic manner so that they may grow to reach their full potential. Environmental education is strongly emphasised at the centre.

The organisation runs year-round educational programs, for children aged 4 to 16 years in one-on-one and small-group learning settings. In addition, children also enjoy numerous special programs which include language arts, performing and fine arts, social studies, mathematics, science and sporting activities.

Mr Dave Harper, CEO of Geodrill, emphasized that Geodrill was committed to being socially responsible, particularly within the communities in which it operates and with those in most need of support.

“Management believes that this core value embraced by the Geodrill’s corporate culture benefits not only our surrounding communities and their environment as a whole but the Company and its employees as well,” he said.

Mr Dave added that, “it is, therefore, necessary to rally behind Ghana Government’s Green Ghana initiative to ensure we win the fight together. It is very important the environment is protected in order to mitigate the climate change that the world is experiencing.”

Ama K. Abebrese, a child safety icon and an accomplished television presenter with over two decades of experience, also enjoyed participating in the tree planting exercise with the children.

As they all planted trees at the Children of the Light education centre in support of the government’s GGi, Ama K. Abebrese discussed the importance and the need to care for the environment and also conserve nature.

A mixture of dwarf coconut, mango, citrus and sour apple trees were successfully planted and will be maintained with the support of Geodrill so they may be enjoyed by generations to come.

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