Minister calls for crusade against chain-saw operators



Posted on 29 May 2009
He has therefore called for a meeting of all stakeholders in the Lands and Natural Resources sector to strategize on hwo to counter their activities.

Alhaji Collins Dauda made the call when he toured sections of the Tinte Bepo Forest Reserve near Bechem in the Tano South District of the Brong Ahafo Region to examine the situation.

Alhaji Collins Dauda toured the Tinte Bepo Reserve in the Brong Ahafo region after he had received information about the effect of illegal activities of chain saw operators on the forest.

He was accompanied by the police, forestry officers and the media. Sections of the forest have been depleted as both young and old trees are felled indiscriminately. Alhaji Dauda expressed regret at the rate trees are being wasted. The operators had fled and left their equipment behind as well as foodstuff and cooking utensils when they got wind of the Minister’s visit.

He issued a strong warning to the perpetrators of the illegal activities and said legal actions would be taken against anyone caught in the illegal activity which is destroying the valuable resources. He tasked the District Assembly and the police to ensure that all sawn lumber in the bush are conveyed to Bechem. He said portion of the Forest Reserve which is being depleted should be ceded to the forest office at Bechem instead of Nkawie in the Ashanti Region for effective supervision. Alhaji Collins Dauda appealed to chiefs in the area to be part of the crusade against the destruction of the Forests.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo said the rate at which illegal tree felling is taking place makes the issue a security one. He said the Regional Security Council will meet over it and in collaboration with the Sector Ministry and all other stakeholders will formulate policies and strategies to combat the menace.

Source: Ghana Broadcasting Coperation
http://www.gbcghana.com/news/26249detail.html
Pouteria aningeri locally known as 'Asamfena' which has been felled by chain-saw operators is valued at GHC 2,000.
Stump of Illegally logged tree at Ayaola Forest Reserve, Kade, Ghana
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