President Mahama as part of his four day tour of the Upper East Region has actualised effort by his administration to protect and reclaim the country’s lost vegetation by handing over a number of tricycles to traditional rulers in region.
The tricycles also known as ‘motorking’ will be used to transport tree seedlings to hard-to-reach areas for planting and also help in carrying water to water the seedlings during the dry season.
At a symbolic presentation held at the premises of the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, RCC, President Mahama announced plans by the government to engage 5,000 unemployed youth in tree growing under the afforestation module of the Youth Employment Agency, YEA.
According to him, young people from the three savannah areas are to benefit from the said module.
He said for the sake of sustainability, beneficiaries will be entitled to a monthly allowance and depending on the success of the programme, the number will be scaled up to 10,000.
President Mahama observed that the successful implementation of the module will depend largely on the involvement of traditional rulers and called on the chiefs in the area to take active part in the afforestation programme by integrating it in their effort at tree growing in their respective areas.
He pledged a reward system for traditional areas that will excel in that regard. President Mahama officially presented the tricycles to the Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, Naba Salifu Alemyaaruum and assured him of his readiness to assist in the tree growing exercise being undertaken in the region.
President Mahama entreated the chiefs to facilitate the planting of tree, emphasising on the need to plant tree early enough to ensure their survival.
The Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, Naba Salifu Alemyaaruum, who is also the Vice President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, thanked the president for the gesture on behalf of the chiefs in the region.
He assured the president that they will be catered for to enhance its life span.
He said traditional rulers have the duty reclaim and protect the environment.
He said the move is timely and it will enable them to transport seedlings to all their catchment areas.
He challenged his colleague chiefs to giver tree planting the needed attention.