Founders and President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has advised and pleaded with the Major of Kumasi, Hon. Osei Assibey-Antwi to discard intentions to install CCTV cameras at places where trees are planted in the Kumasi Metropolis.

The Kumasi Major, minutes to the beginning of the tree planting exercise on Friday, June 11, spoke to the media and revealed that the Metropolitan Assembly plans to install CCTV cameras at places where trees are planted. This, he said will enable police to easily apprehend those that will destroy any of the newly planted trees as well as the old ones.

But for the popular social commentator, Franklin Cudjoe, plans to use CCTV devises to monitor trees will be a misplaced priority.

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According to him, the money that will be used to procure the cameras should rather be used to purchase more trees for planting.

He furthered that the newly planted trees only need watering and pruning and not monitoring devises such as the CCTV cameras.

“But please in the name of God, help me plead with the Kumasi mayor not to go ahead with his intention to install CCTV cameras on the hundreds of thousands of trees the metropolis plans to plant in the name of catching those who fell trees in real time.

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We need that money to buy more trees for planting. The trees need watering and pruning [sic] not CCTVs,” Franklin wrote in a social media post sighted.

On Friday, June 11, President Akufo Addo’s new initiative – Green Ghana Project – which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources was brought to live. The initiative is aimed at planting five million trees of different species across the 275 constituencies in the country.

The President and his wife, the Vice President and his wife and government appointees all participated in the exercise at various locations.


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