“When your son grows to be an important person, you can only pray and seek God’s guidance and protection for him and that is what the King has asked me to tell you as the bearer of the torch against illegal mining in the country”, the words of the Overlord of Dagbon Ya-Na Mahama Abukar II, as communicated by a spokesperson of the Gbewa Palace in Yendi in the Northern region to Ghana’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Lawyer. Samuel Abu Jinapor.
“A huge task has been given to you because illegal mining and deforestation if allowed to persist will alter the climate,” the spokesperson added.
The sector minister acknowledged the pivotal role traditional councils play in protecting lands and natural resources insisting that government cannot succeed if the custodians of the land do not commit to its protection.
“Matters relating to the lands and natural resources cannot be managed property without the support and corporation of our traditional leaders therefore, whether it’s about land, forest, mining, or anything significant to our natural resources, chiefs are pivotal in its management.”
He also inspected tree species planted at the Gbewa Palace by the Overlord under the Green Ghana Day programme which saw the planting of some five million trees across all sixteen regions of Ghana as part of the government’s “aggressive afforestation” efforts to restore the country’s forest cover.
“I am excited to see that the trees are well fenced and doing well. All Ghanaians should collectively nurture these trees to maturity and hopefully we can plant more trees to protect the ecosystem,” Mr. Jinapor said.
Some 2,500 tree species were planted under the Green Ghana: Let’s Go Planting programme in the Northern region alone.
Lawyer Jinapor and his entourage are on a five-day working tour to the five regions of the north. He stated that government recognizes the pivotal role the chieftaincy institution plays in the protection of natural resources and lands.