The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih has admonished illegal harvesters of rosewood to immediately stop it or face his wrath.
He says anyone who is caught felling rosewood and other economic trees without his permission will be allowed to face the full rigor of the law.
Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih did not mince words when he told traditional leaders within the Dorimon paramouncy that any chief caught in the act will be delt with without fear or favour.
He expressed his disappointment about the involvement of some chiefs and traditional leaders in the indiscriminate felling of rosewood and other commercial tress within the Dorimon paramountcy.
The Minister also charged police and the other security agencies to be up to task urging that, anyone caught in the act must be stiffly dealt with within the bosom of the laws.
Meanwhile, the Paramount Chief of Dorimon traditional area Naa Sohimwininye Danaa Gori II strongly stated his commitment to helping the fight against felling of rosewood and other commercial tress, adding that the Minister’s move has reignited his will and power to bring to book anyone who is culpable in the indiscriminate felling of trees.
Dorimon Naa further reechoed that chiefs who are involved in the devastating act will not be shielded by him or any traditional leader.
Naa Suhimwininye also appealed to Assembly members and unit committee members to report with the needed urgency illegal harvesting of the woods to him and he would not hesitate in getting the police and the Regional Minister informed for sanctions to be occasioned.
The statement was made at Doriman Naa’s Palace during a visit taken by the Upper West Regional Security Council (REGSEC) under the leadership of Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih to inform the Chief of their intention to stage war against illegal harvesters of rosewood and galamsey operators.
The Minister and his entourage later visited Salmana a community under Wa West District to have a glimpse of the woods harvested and dumped by the illegal operators. To his surprise, logs of harvested palpa trees were spotted parked at a corner of the community by the operators. The Minister’s quest to meet the Chief of the community proved futile after meeting an empty compound house that reportedly belongs to the Chief.