Saturday 20th August, 2016
Bajin D. Pobia, GNA
Wa, Aug. 20, GNA – The Upper West Regional Security Council
(REGSEC) has banned the harvesting of
rosewood trees and ordered the security agencies to arrest persons found to be
felling the trees.
The REGSEC has placed a ban on the movement
of rosewood from the region since July 7, and the deadline given to the
companies for lifting lying rosewood logs had expired, Alhaji Amidu Sulemana,
Upper West Regional Minister, said.
He urged security agencies at the check
points and barriers to seize all such wood intended to be transported outside
Alhaji Sulemana announced this at a meeting
with heads of departments and agencies held in Wa on Thursday.
The meeting was also held to discuss ways to
improve the standards of living of the people.
The RCC also discussed issues concerning the
maintenance of peace and security, education, health, expansion of roads and
other social interventions being implemented.
He cautioned officials of the Forestry
Commission to cooperate fully with security agencies to save the forest from
The harvesting of rosewood trees in the
region by some timber companies has led to a public outcry on the need to
protect the invaluable plant species.
The media in the region have also carried
stories and articles on the wanton destruction of rosewood trees in the
communities, yet the felling of the tree are ongoing in certain sections of the
Wa East District.
The Wa East District has been adjudged as a
major food producing district of the
region but with the wanton destruction of the environment,
agriculturists and subsistence farmers are fearing that the area is been
exposed to desertification.