Akuma (B/A), Jan. 20, GNA – Mr. Joseph Aidoo, the President of the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Ghana (ECCG), an NGO, has urged religious leaders to sensitize their congregations about the effects of bushfire to curtail its annual occurrence.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Akuma in Nkoranza South District at the launch of an anti-bushfire campaign, Mr. Aidoo expressed regret about how human activities were destroying the environment.
He appealed to the people, particularly farmers, palm wine tapers and honey extractors to be careful about their handling of naked fires and deplored the practice by some farmers to farm close to water bodies.
Mr. Aidoo said punishment meted to fire setters during the dry season was not deterrent enough and called on the law enforcing agencies to deal ruthlessly with culprits as well as those who pollute water bodies by using poisonous chemicals for fishing.
He reiterated the government’s plans to engage more than 3,000 youth from 170 districts and municipalities to embark on tree planting and urged traditional authorities to release enough land for the project.
Mr. Aidoo said the programme was part of the government’s “Greening Ghana Project” and that Nkoranza was among the first batch of beneficiary districts.