Apart from galamsey, there are other illegal activities that are endangering our ecosystem. The logging, transportation and exportation of rosewood is illegal in Ghana. Rosewood is a prized hardwood. It is used in making musical instruments and furniture.
The member of Parliament for Builsa South, Honourable Clement Apak has revealed that he has received several threats for spearheading the fight against illegal rosewood business in the country. He made this revelation on TV3 today, Monday, 6th September, 2021. This claim was made on TV3's current affairs and newspaper review show, NEWDAY.
The Member of Parliament stated that some big men and cartels are behind the rosewood business in the country. Therefore, the fight against legal and illegal logging of the precious timber is becoming increasingly difficult by the day.
The Law maker said, " I have received countless threats from big men in the rosewood business. Some have told me to back off. I am fighting to save our fragile Savanna vegetation, not to disgrace anyone nor political party"
" People who are involved in the rosewood business make between forty thousand and sixty thousand (40, 000 - 60,000) US dollars for a container of the endangered specie. Some are calling names but I do not care".
The Deputy Communication Director of the New Patriotic Party, Mr Richard Nyamah believes that, with time the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor would be able to fight both galamsey and the rosewood menace.
He said, " I have been following the rosewood trade fight over the years. Looking at the posture of the sector Minister (Honourable Abu Jinapor), he is well poised to fight galamsey and rosewood activities than his predecessors".
Countries like the United States of America have issued ban on importation of rosewood as the United Nations have nicknamed it the "Ivory of the Forest".
Rosewood can be found in the Northern part of the country, especially in the Upper East Region and West Regions.
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