Illegal loggers of rosewood in Northern Ghana are reported to be hacking down fresh rosewood trees in the forests in far flung communities in the “Overseas Valley” in the Northern Region.
According to an investigations conducted by Starr News, the felling of the trees has rendered most of the roads and bridges originally constructed for light vehicles and motorists in the area unmotorable sine the roads are frequently used by the heavy duty trucks laden with 40 footer containers bearing the illegal lumber.
The looming situation is also threatening to the sustainability of the environment, farmlands, food security and communal harmony.The most affected roads are the ones from Kpasenkpia through Kunkua to Jadema. In Communities such as Yikpabongu, Yizeesi, Taantala and Tuvu, the illegal loggers have been chased out. As a consequence, their operations have gone underground.
Nonetheless, some use these villages as transit points and access routes to reach the new locations being used for their illicit affairs.
The illegal felling is the consequence of permits issued by the Forestry Commission on the instructions of Lands and Natural Resources Minister Nii Osah Mills.
Mr. Nii Osah Mills is reported to have instructed the Forestry Commission to grant approvals to some 13 Companies to pick wood which had been salvaged.
The demand for rosewood traces its roots to the construction of the Bui Dam in the Brong Ahafo Region and the construction of the Sawla Fufulso road in the Northern Region.