- illegal chainsaw operators are destroying some forest reserves in the Brong Ahafo Region
- The DCE of the area has accused politicians of hiding behind the criminal activities
Some illegal chainsaw operators have invaded the Desiri Forest Reserve in the Asutifi South District of the Brong Ahafo Region cutting down trees for lumber.
According to reports, the activities of the illegal operators who are said to be operating both day and midnight is fast depleting the forest.
The forest is said to be one of the important national national reserve in region, sharing boundaries with the Ashanti and Western Region.
The District Chief Executive of the area Robert Mensah Dwomoh, who confirmed the reports recently, accused the Forestry Commission, some opinion leaders as well as politicians for turning blind eye over the development.
Speaking on the matter in an Assembly meeting in the district, Mr Dwomoh lamented that, people who are paid to ensure that the forest reserve is protected including some influential Chiefs are deep rooted in the criminal activities.
“Unpatriotic Ghanaians including the traditional authorities, politicians and even the very people who are paid to protect the forest, have all contributed to the rapid degradation of the reserves”, he lamented.
He therefore appealed to individuals and traditional authorities to help the District Assembly curb the situation.
The DCE, who was clearly not happy about the fast depletion of the forest reserve has called on the National Security and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to help the district fight activities of illegal chainsaw operators.
On his side, the Chief of the Siechem Traditional Council, Nana Boffo Banin, told the media in an interview that, he and his elders have petitioned the DCE to take action against the crime after he [the Chief], tricycle and motorbike were burnt by the illegal chainsaw operators and some farmers.
Some unconfirmed reports say most of the illegal operators were from neighbouring countries including Burkina Faso, who have pitched camps in wooden structures within the forest reserves.
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