A retiree and a former Head of the Department of Parks and Gardens, Mr. G. K. Owusu-Afriyie has donated about 40 books to the Department to boost horticulture and greening in Ghana.
The books were received by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Madam Marian W. A. Kpakpah on behalf of the sector Minister, Hon. Daniel Botwe.
Mr. Owusu-Afriyie presenting the books said the books were his personal contribution to the enhancement of the Department and to boost the knowledge of the staff on the plants.
He acknowledged that through his association as a Parks and Gardens staff, he has benefited a lot, adding that, the Department exposed him to many travels, and has benefitted and is still benefiting from plants.
He encouraged Ghanaians to spend time on plants while calling on the Ministry to develop a portal for every plant at the Aburi Botanic Gardens for plant lovers and students in horticulture to access knowledge sharing and an opportunity for children to also learn about plants.
Ms. Kpakpah expressed the Ministry’s gratitude for the gesture describing it as heartwarming and encouraged all to emulate Mr. Owusu-Afriyie’s gesture.
She said knowledge acquired cannot be taken away, thus staff should tap into knowledge for greater heights.
The acting Director for the Department, Rev. Charles Okine pledged that the books would be put to good use.