FC launches ‘Operation Halt’ to halt illegal forest activities

By Daniel Wiafe Sasu, GNA

Goaso (B/A), Sept. 27, GNA – The Forestry
Commission (FC) has launched a joint military and forestry taskforce termed
‘Operation Halt’ to bring to an end illegal operations in the country’s forest
reserves, especially those in the Brong-Ahafo and Western Regions.

Accordingly, the Taskforce on Wednesday
arrived at Goaso, the capital of the Asunafo North Municipality in the
Brong-Ahafo Region aboard a Ghana Air Force GHF696 Helicopter, to embark on an
inspection exercise.

It was both air and ground inspections in the
Sui, Subin, Tano, Suhyen, Murro, Krokosua, Ayum, Abonyere, Bonkwene and
Bonsampepo forest reserves located within the Sefwi Wiawso and Juaboso in the
Western Region and Goaso Forest Districts respectively. 

Briefing the media after the exercise, the
Assistant Manager of the Goaso District Forestry Services Division (FSD), Mr.
Ernest Adofo, explained that the taskforce was part of new measures introduced
by the FC to protect the existing forest reserves from further degradation.

He said the exercise had become necessary
following the wanton destruction of the forests through illegal farming,
lumbering and mining activities, which had reached an unbearable situation.

According to Mr. Adofo, the Operation Halt,
the first of its kind was a reinforcement to supplement the work of forest
guards in the forests reserves.

He added that to operate effectively the
taskforce would build military camps within the forest reserves to clamp down
on the activities of illegal loggers, farmers and chainsaw operators. 

Mr. Adofo said the FSD was poised to protect
Ghana’s forest and plant more tree seedlings to replenish depleted forests.

He announced that the ‘Operation Halt’
exercise would soon commence in earnest to deal with the recalcitrant
individuals and groups who were undertaking diverse illegal operations in the
forest reserves.

GNA

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