The Minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources John Peter Amewu has pledged a nationwide tree planting exercise around water bodies in the country.
The programme according to him is to address the threat of losing Ghana’s water resources.
Geological institutions including the Economic Commission for Africa have all predicted that access to potable water for domestic and commercial purposes which is already poor is set to worsen in the coming years.
This has been attributed to industrial activity, building in water ways, illegal mining, improper waste management and logging.
But speaking during his turn on the Appointments Committee Mr. Amewu expressed optimism that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision to protect these water bodies can be achieved through a comprehensive tree planting programme.
The minister nominee has also given the strong indication he will be dealing tough with the illegal mining menace that has engulfed several mineral rich regions of the country should he be approved by the house.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heathcote Fumador