By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK), in partnership with GIMPA, over the weekend embarked on a cycling tour and tree planting exercise.
The event was the final activity under the German Week 2021 celebrations. It was also partnered by DHL Global Forwarding, with support from the Gladiators Cycling Club and the Forestry Commission
Dubbed ‘Go Green Initiative: Bicycle Tour and Tree Planting’, the programme was in line with the embassy’s mission of creating long-term, sustainable, and full-time employment for local people in Ghana. And also ensuring food security for local farmers while also reforesting badly damaged land.
The cycling tour began at the German Embassy in Accra at 8:00 a.m., with about 80 cyclists and climaxed with the tree planting exercise at the Greenhill Campus of GIMPA.
Giving his remarks the Rector of GIMPA Prof. Samuel Kwaku Bonsu applauded the German Embassy for embarking on this laudable project.
He added that GIMPA was poised for supporting biking activities, ‘And we will welcome a biking club.’
Prof. Bonsu again stressed the importance of embarking on health activities and also projects on sustainable development.
‘I believe this is the right time to make an impact so combining cycling with tree planting is a perfect match.’
Prof. Bonsu used the opportunity to call for more partnerships in that regard.
On his part, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Mr. Sulemana Nyadia Nelson indicated that the tree planting exercise was in line with their vision of afforestation.
He said global change had global and economic implications, thus there was the need to contribute to sustainable development of our environment through corporate social responsibility projects such as this.
Mr. Nelson used the opportunity to urge the organizations not to only plant the trees but also maintain them to ensure that they grow well.
Also present at the event was Hans–Helge Sander, the Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ghana, Mr. Burkhardt Hellemann, the Head of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana, Mr. Kojo Graham, the Head of the Gladiators Cycling Club, Serigne Ndanck Mbaye, the Country Head for DHL,
A total of about 200 trees were planted on the campus. More seedlings will be planted at a later date.
DIRECTORATE OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS & INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT