PAD 95.1 news, Damongo 07-05-2020
A committee to implement the findings of a fact finding committee on logging in the Savannah region has been inaugurated.
The Savannah regional coordinating council in 2019 set up a committee to investigate rampant logging of various tree species in the new region and make recommendations to curb it after several reports of the illegal activity.
The committee completed its work and submitted its report to the regional minister on 12th November 2019 who has now set up a committee to implement recommendations contained in the report.
Inaugurating the committee at the regional coordinating council on Thursday 7th May 2020, the Savannah regional minister Hon. Salifu Adam Braimah said the main objective of the committee is to implement the ban on logging and regulate the commercial production of charcoal in region.
He said the delay in implementing the committee’s recommendations was due to difficulties in getting people to form join the committee a reason he is grateful to those who have decided dedicate their time and knowledge to help the RCC serve the young region by enforcing available environmental laws.
He told the committee to be weary and resist pressure from perpetrators of the act and assured them of the “full support of the regional coordinating council” and urged them to pay special attention to commercial production of charcoal in the region which says is now more devastating.
Hon. Braimah called on traditional authorities and the general public to support the committee and his office succeed in stopping the menace and safeguard the environment.
Recommendations of the fact finding committee includes a total ban in compliance with the national directive banning the harvesting and exportation of rosewood in Ghana , afforestation in the affected areas with community involvement in order to safeguard the land, regulation of charcoal burning in the region, intensive sensitization program in all districts of the savannah region highlighting the ills and long term environmental effect of logging, ie Desertification, Decimating of animal bird life in the region and luck of wind breakers thus causing roofs.
Some of the members of the implementation committee who spoke expressed gratitude for the opportunity to contribute their quota to the land. They were particularly happy the Gonja traditional council is represented on the committee because to them, they can only succeed if the chiefs join the fight since no one can carry out those activities anywhere in the region without the tacit approval of a chief and pledged their commitment to the duties they have been assigned while hoping on well meaning residents of the region to join the fight.
The committee is chaired by Tejepewura Saaka A. Sadick Bonyanso I with Dr Musah Ibrahim Mordzeh Elpampo as Secretary.
Other members are Hon. Mustapha Mahama (DCE Central Gonja), Hon. Veronica Alele Hemming (DCE Bole), Hon. Mohammed Tamimu (MCE East Gonja), Hon. Lawal Tamimu (DCE STK), Hon. Adam Eliasu Bawah (DCE North Gonja), Hon. Saed Muhazu (MCE West Gonja), Hon. Abdallah Alhassan Iddi (DCE North East Gonja).
The rest are Zakaria Iddi Tomilson an Agriculturist, Saase Kwasi Baah – REPO, Issaka Zitor – NCCE, Jeremiah Seidu – JAKSALLY Dev. Org, Godwin Evenyor Dzekoto – AROCHA Ghana, DCOP Bediako – Regional Police Commander, Borejinkpr Habibu Muftawu (GLYA), and the Forestry Range Manager.
It is unclear how long the committee is expected to finish its work.
By: Richard Forgor // Padfmonline