The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio in charge of Lands and Forestry, has paid a courtesy call on the Omanhene of the Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area, Nana Katakyie Kwesi Bumagama II on the sidelines of his field trip to Sefwi Wiawso of the Western North Region on Thursday, 13th January, 2022.
Addressing the Omanhene and his Chiefs, the Deputy Minister disclosed that his visit follows claims of some illegal activities on going in forest reserves in Sefwi Wiawso which has caused him to lead a team from the Forestry Commission to verify these claims.
He added that regardless of his position as the Deputy Minister in charge of Forestry, he cannot go ahead with his operations in the area without the permission and blessings of the Omanhene and hence his visit to the Palace.
The Deputy Minister reiterated and assured the Chief that, the Ministry's mandate to curb illegal activities in the country continues unabated and therefore he should count on the outfits support on the combat.
The Omanhene of the Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area, Nana Katakyie Kwesi Bumagama II said he has been trying to get in touch with the Minister on these claims and therefore he is happy the Deputy Minister's has visited at such an opportune time.
The Omanhene further confirmed that there are indeed illegal mining activitues taking place in the area saying that" there are even some illegal loggers who come in armed to the teeth posing a threat to the lives of the people in the communities and Forestry officers".
Nana Bumagama said considering the gravity of the issue, he would personally accompany the Deputy Minister on his field trip to the forest reserves in question.
Also with the Deputy Minister on this trip is the Cheif Executive Officer, Mr. John Allotey and other Board members of the Forestry Commission.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith