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Awudome-Avenui Community Pledges Support for Ho Oxygen City Project

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The people of Awudome-Avenui, a farming community in the Ho West District of the Volta Region have pledged their support for the Ho Oxygen City Project. This project is an initiative of the Ho Municipal Assembly and its partners, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to protect the environment from degradation and destruction.

The chiefs and people of Awudome-Avenui made their pledge during the launch of an anti-bushfire campaign in the community by the Volta Regional Directorate of the EPA. They pledged to avoid bush burning and plant more trees as their contribution to the project’s success.

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According to Togbe Dzagah, Regent of the community, safety of the environment is the responsibility of everyone. He emphasized that safety of the environment devoid of pollution would promote good health, “so as a community, we would do our best to stop bush burning and plant more trees to improve the quality of air.”

Mama Gbeklui Akordeke IV, Queen of Awudome-Avenui, added that the Oxygen Project must be seen as a revival of the people’s responsibility towards the environment. She urged other Municipalities and Districts to replicate this project to ensure safe air.

Mr Hope Smith Lomotey, Volta Regional Director of EPA, said bush burning was one of the key factors negatively influencing the Oxygen City Project, requiring conscious efforts to address it. He said the launch of the anti-bushfire campaign formed part of the Agency’s project dubbed “No Burning Community Project” to be piloted in four communities to curtail the bush burning menace.

The No Burning Community Project is in alignment with the Ho Oxygen City Project and aims at encouraging communities to avoid bush burning to improve and sustain quality air. It will also involve planting of trees to serve as a carbon sink to absorb polluted air from the atmosphere to enhance the health of the people.

The Agency currently has six monitoring stations to assess the air quality in the Ho Municipality and in the adjoining districts including Ho West, Adaklu, and Afadjato South. The Director appealed to the chiefs and people to carry the message to other communities and educate them, urging communities in the region to join the campaign and embrace the project.

For the most part, five million trees including mahogany, teak, and acacia are expected to be planted as part of the No Burning Community Project. Meanwhile, 500 trees were planted during the launch. Mr Charles Anyomi, Focal Person for the Awudome-Avenui anti-bushfire campaign, thanked the Agency for choosing the community for the launch and urged the members of the community to heed to the advice of the EPA.

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