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FORESTRY COMMISSION: "Six persons were shot last year" - John Allotey reveals

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission, John Allotey has revealed that six (6) of his men were shot last year by some unknown armed men while protecting the country's forest.


Mr. Allotey made these known while responding to a question during a press briefing in Accra on Tuesday.


He said "Six people were shot last year. In December alone, two people were shot. Another in the Ashanti Region and two also in the Greater Accra Region, so six people"


The CEO also revealed that the Human Resources Department of the Forestry Commission have plans put in place to deal with stuffs who have been shot while on duty.


He further said "All bills have been taken over by the commission and we have to deal with those people who will be engaged in these situations especially the people who work under the wildlife division who work in the night"


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Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio said "Yes, we have admitted it . The Forestry Commission gave the contract to them and as such that they have compiled a list of how much they owe. This comes from all the various districts across the country.


"This has been put in a document form and we have vetted it and it has been submitted to the Ministry of Finance for assistance and payments"


"So we have been seriously working on it and we are giving it all the necessary attention it deserves"


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Mr. Owusu-Bio revealed that bamboo is in the Ministry's strategy.


"In the year 2021, about a 100,000 bamboos were planted as part of the Green Ghana initiative"


"In 2022, we did about a 150,000 bamboo seedlings. This year we want to ramp it up to 300,000"


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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