One major problem the people within the forest zones face is illegal felling down of trees by these timber merchants. Ghana which was once a country that could boost of very attractive forest reserves is gradually turning out to be the land of desert, thanks to these timber merchants as they call themselves.
The Ashanti region of Ghana is among the regions that are blessed with rich forest reserves. No wonder not long ago the whites named Kumasi as the Garden City of West Africa. But can the same be continue to be said about the region in recent times? Your guess is as good as mine.
These timber merchants has taken the laws in their own hands by felling down trees at areas that they are not permitted to venture and it seems no one is able to take them on
But this time around the king of the Ashanti kingdom, Otumfour Osei Tutu the second has taken it upon himself to deal with those who illegally cut down trees at prohibited forest zones to put an end to such activities in the region.
To be used as a scape goat a timber merchant who was caught felling down trees at the Bosomtwe forest reserve in the Ashanti region was unlucky as he has been ordered by the manhyia palace to grow a total of 59800 within 4 years and he should ensure that none of the trees die.
What made his case more severe was that he was seen cutting down trees beside the Bosontwe lake. Trees that are meant to provide shade to this water body. This communiqué was broken out by Angel FM Kumasi during their midday news.
Should all the other chiefs and the state take a clue from what the Asantehene has done at least to serve as a deterrent to these timber merchants.
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