The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Honourable Benito Owusu-Bio on 13th January, 2022, disclosed that the Government of Ghana will soon set up a regional office for the Mineral Commission in Sefwi Wiawso to help deal with the many illegal activities in the region. The Minister alluded to the existence of an office in Bibiani but said that the level of mining illegalities within the enclave demands another office which will closely monitor the terrain.
Mr Owusu-Bio had met some members of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) at Sefwi Wiawso in the Western North Region.
He assured the memebers of RECSEC that of Government’s commitment to expand the Community Mining Scheme as a source of alternative livelihood source for those engaged in the act of illegal logging.
The visit by the deputy Minister follows a previous visit by the sector Minister Lawyer Samuel Abdulai Jinapor. The second visit was to engage the Commission on logistical constraints that hamper their mandate of protecting the forest reserves in the region and outline measures to resolve.
“We have come to the RCC because we know you are in charge of administration, security and all others that happens in the region. Our Minister has also been here but we are here today specifically because of the forest reserves,” he said.
Among the measures towards protecting the forest reserves according to Mr Owusu-Bio is to liaise with the Chief of Sefwi Wiaso, Nana Bumagama II.
The Chief, Omanhene Nana Bumagama II who sat in the meeting committed to donating a house to accommodate the proposed Minerals Commission office.
The Chief Director of the Regional Cordinating Council (RCC) hinted of series of meetings by the members of REGSEC to review their security operations to stay ahead of the recalcitrant loggers.
“These illegal loggers mostly operate during the night and threaten the lives of the Forestry officers when they are seen.”
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