The Ministry Lands and Natural Resources has directed the Forestry Commission to arrest and prosecute anybody involved in illegal lumbering.
The directive followed Joy News serialized documentary on activities of illegal chain-saw operators in some of the country’s forest reserves including the Mole National Park in the Northern Region, the Kakum National Park in Central Region and the Atiwa Forest Reserve in the Eastern Region.
The reports revealed how fast the country was losing its forest cover as a result of illegal lumbering in the reserves. In some instances, illegal chain-saw operators connived with some Chinese nationals to fell logs in these protected sites.
The sector Minister, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has therefore instructed the Commission to post guards to all forest reserves “to stop this practice” and “prosecute those who will harvest the trees.”
Alhaji Inussah Fuseini also called for a consultative approach to end this activity, while suggesting the involvement of chiefs and people in protected areas on the need to protect such reserves.
“They must educate the traditional rulers that we have these rain storms, disturbances, hazards because the forest cover has been depleted to an extent that we are no longer shielded away from the hazards of the weather and that when we harvest, we are further opening up our communities to the hazards of the weather.”