Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene has decried the situation where more than 60 percent of Ghana’s forest cover had been lost in less than three decades with rivers drying gradually.

He indicated that the country, as well as Kumasi Metropolis, could benefit from Canada’s expertise in environmental preservation.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu whose speech was read on his behalf by Nana Otuo Serebour, Juabenhene when Asanteman held a durbar at the Manhyia Palace in honour of Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor-General  of Canada who was on a visit to Kumasi.

He said education had been his main focus since becoming the Asantehene 14 years ago, with the objective of helping people who otherwise would not have had the benefit of education.

The Asantehene said through his Otumfuo Education Fund and Charity Foundation, many had been provided with support from the basic to the university level.

The Right Honorable Johnston urged chiefs to help develop the country by explaining the advantages that culture and heritage provide.

He expressed his admiration for the Ghanaian culture, which he described as rich and underscored the need for the use of science and technology for development through education.

Mr. Johnston called on the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to open up for more science based research work and development programs through partnership and exchange programs with the Canadian education community.

The visiting Governor-General who was accompanied by his wife, Sharon and his entourage praised the Manhyia Palace for the hospitality and friendship shown them and wished for long lasting relations between Ghana and Canada.

He lauded the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan for the meritorious work, while in office and his quest for lasting peace and democracy in West Africa even after he had retired.

The Asantehene presented Mr. Johnston and his wife with Kente cloth.
Mr. Johnston in return presented gifts to the Asantehene, the Manhyia Palace and the entire Asanteman.

Present were Mr. Kwesi Ahwio, Minister of Interior, Mr. Eric OPoku, Ashanti Regional Minister, Kojo Bnsu, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive and some Municipal and District Chiefs.