The Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Kyeremeh, has declared war on illegal miners, popularly known as ‘galamseyers’, and illegal lumbering.
He says his administration would strictly fight illegal chainsaw operations/lumbering within the region to help curb the continuous depletion of forest reserves and the vegetation of the country.
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Mr. Asomah-Kyeremeh said the days of indiscriminate illegal chainsaw operations would soon be over.
He indicated that a special task force has been set up to assist the Regional Coordinating Council in the fight against the canker of the indiscriminate illegal felling of trees and the destruction being caused to water bodies in the region, and the negative impact it is having on forests as well.
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The Regional Minister made this known when he paid a courtesy call on the Hwidiem Manhene’s palace to meet the chiefs and people of Hwidiem in the Asutifi South District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
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He, however, appealed to traditional leaders to collaborate with government in its fight against the menace which is gradually degrading the country’s ecosystem.
Meanwhile, the Paramount Chief of Hwidiem Traditional Area, Osuodumgya Barima Apea-Dwaah Boafo II, expressed worry over the bad state of the town roads, especially in the district, which hampers the transportation of food products to marketing centres.