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Regional News of Monday, 11 February 2008

Source: GNA

Utility Service providers destroy trees in Koforidua Municipality

Koforidua, Feb. 11, GNA - Many trees planted along major streets and open spaces in the Koforidua Municipality have been destroyed by utility service providers and other bodies, particularly developers, officials have said.

Mr George Nathan Akyeampong, New Juaben Municipal Field Supervisor for Tree planting told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Koforidua on Monday that high volume of trees had been destroyed at Asokore, as well as areas around Adweso Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) schools and the Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Mr Akyeampong called on the Municipal Assembly to enact a bye-law that could be used to prosecute people who will-fully destroy trees. He cited utility services including the Electricity Company of Ghana and Ghana Water Company as worst offenders, saying they indiscriminately cut trees along their service routes without permission.

Individuals and organizations allocated plots of land in open spaces also cut down the trees indiscriminately in order to begin construction.

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