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Gov’t commited to paying outstanding arrears of Green Ghana Project

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The Deputy Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission of Ghana, Nyadia Sulemana Nelson has assured unpaid workers and participants of the Green Ghana initiative of the government’s commitment to paying all outstanding arrears.

According to him, the government has given assurance to pay those who due to some anomalies did not get paid in time.

At a two day working visit to the Upper East Region to engage with some of the Youth in Afforestation Project, Mr. Nelson gave the assurance that irrespective of the delays in payment of their arrears, the government was committed to giving what is due to the workers.


“Yes, I know that some arrears are being owed by the government, and also, I know that some of you – your survival depends on the work, but notwithstanding the challenges from the government, I must say that paper works are ongoing and all arrears will be paid. The delays are there, but the government will not owe anyone who has worked. I have been to the finance ministry not once, and I can assure you that payment will soon commerce.”

In this year’s Green Ghana initiative, the government through the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources intends planting 20 million trees nationwide.

Given that, Mr. Nyadia however appealed to all and sundry especially those in the Youth in Afforestation program to assist the government in achieving the set target.

He said, “…I will also extend the call to various MMDAs, traditional leaders, and NGOs in the region and beyond to assist the government to carry out this project successfully. We are gradually losing our forests’ cover and it behoves us to plant more trees as quickly as possible. The initiative shouldn’t be seen as a government project but as a project that will save our children’s children. Let us come out that day collectively and plant as many trees as we can to save our planet especially, we those in the Northern zone. Our vegetation is deeply losing its cover and we will bare the price if we don’t plant more trees now.”

Happy with the Deputy CEO’s calls, some of the Youth in Afforestation however assured him of their commitments towards the initiative come June 10, 2022.

They also pleaded with him to as a matter of urgency tell the government to fast-track the payment process as their families depend heavily on them.

The Upper East Regional Forestry Manager of the Forestry Commission, Emmanuel Yeboah who was happy with the feedback from the Youth in Afforestation, pledged to work collectively with them to achieve the set target given to them at the regional level.

According to him, the target has increased to 650,000 trees as compared to last year of 170,000 to be planted. This, he called on all and sundry not to see tree planting as an individual work but a course for all.

The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu who was also happy with the initiative, appealed to residents to support the initiative come June 10.

He emphasised that people should begin seeing tree planting as a solution to solving some of the natural disasters that usually occurred during heavy downpours.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga|Ghana

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