A resident of Mpasaaso No. 1. in the Atwima Nwabiagya South District of Ashanti Region, Mr. George Asare who describes himself as a concerned citizen has observed that aside people who tend to destroy the country's forest reserves with impunity through alleged illegal gold mining activities, the battle to solve the depletion of our Forest lands continue to be failure.
According to Asare, some unauthorized people have in the recent times been allegedly infiltrating the Mpasaaso- Achiase Forest Reservesare reportedly under the administration of the Atwima Nwabiagya South District branch of the Forestry Commission at Nkawie.
The activities of such infiltrators, Mr. Asare indicated,ranges from illegal chainsawing, hunting, transporting of logs from the reserve by unlawful concession owners for sale outside the area.
The concerned citizen added that those alleged offenders have been identified as some sawmill operators and timber merchants from Ahafo Mim and Kasapin in the Brong Ahafo Region, who manage to carry out with their businesses and go scot free.
As concerned citizen, Asare said he has monitored the activities of such illegal chainsaw operators and sawmillers, stressing that in some occasions come face to face with some forest guards who allegedly fail to give any reasonable explanation of the presence of those operators in the forest.
He said as a matter of serious concern, he had in several occasions reported the case to the District Forestry Commission at Nkawie for attention but his complaints were treated with contempt.
I was always asked to come forward with a prove, if the alleged chainsaw and sawmill operators l meet have any mandate from the District Forestry Commission at Nkawie, yet no attempts were made to authenticate my points.
Mr.Asare said for the fact that his allegations are visible for any doubting element to believe, he has organized several press conferences drawing the attention of the authorities for intervention but to no avail.
He reiterated that since his efforts to stop illegalites in the Mpasaaso - Achiase Forest Reserve tend to be yielding fruitless response, hence his urgent call on the government to deploy special task force team to not only monitor and protect the Forest in his area alone, but also other forest reserves across the country.
This is because l suspect foul play on why the officials who are supposed to protect government properties refuse to act on issues that boarder on national interest, Asare indicated.
The District Forestry Officer at Nkawie was not present for his side version, his Deputy Mr Nyarko flatly denied the allegations, insisting that he and his boss will comment at appreciate time he declined to confirm.
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