A seven member committee of the Chakali Sungmaalu Community Resource Management Area (CREMA), has been inaugurated and charged to protect and ensure the preservation of the forest reserve and prevention of miscreants from causing harm to the vegetation cover in the area. The group will work hand in hand with a five member Ex-Officio committee towards the preservation of the reserve.
Upper West Regional Commissioner of the Forestry Commission, Joseph Dinlinla charged the group to live up to the task in executing their mandate adding that, the portfolio given them has the legal backing, hence the group will have no reason to relent on their task.
He further stated that, with the commissioning of the group, the forestry commission will not be happy to hear information of rosewood harvesting and illegal mining as well as harmful activities of hunters within their catchment area.
“From today going you are responsible for those resources, you have to manage them, we are not saying don’t use them, use them sustainably. We don’t expect that, we will be in Bolga and hearing that they are rosewood loggers within your area, you should get them to task, why do we sit for foreigners to come and destroy our land, in the past we eliminated you from the management of the resources, so we are giving back to you, the power to manage your own resources”.
On his part, Hon. Kuri Suglo Chairman of the newly inaugurated CREMA stated their commitment in living up to the task assigned them adding that, they needed the support of the chiefs and people of the area to help them accomplish the ultimate aim of protecting the reserve and its natural resources.
He also called on Management of Forestry commission and the wild life division to stop issuing permits for rosewood harvesters to come into the forest to salvage lying woods noting that, the harvesters usually come in the name of picking lying woods and end up felling fresh tress, stressing that if permit issuance is not curtailed the committee will have it as a serious challenge.
“Another challenge to our CREMA is the rosewood permits, when the government gives permit for people to salvage lying wood, they rather come and cut fresh wood, once the forestry commission is here, the security agencies are here and the District Assembly, we are pleading that we are not ready to cut our wood and there is no lying wood in our CREMA area, therefore we urge nobody to give permit to come and salvage lying wood, they use the name of lying wood to cut fresh wood” he cautioned.
Meanwhile, District Chief Executive for the Wa East District, Hon. Jotie Moses who commissioned the committee, charged members to work hand in hand with stakeholders, government and non-governmental organisations to achieve the stated objectives.
He further indicated the District Assembly’s commitment in ensuring that the natural resources are protected and will therefore support the CREMA members in executing their task assigned them.
“To the CREMA executives being outdoored today, my advice to you is work collaboratively with other stakeholders, government and non-governmental organisations and the private sector to achieve your objectives. I pledge that the District Assembly will provide the necessary support within our means to enable us achieve the noble objectives of CREMA”.
This came to light on Thursday February 28, 2020 at Jeyiri, in the Wa East district of the Upper West Region during the commissioning of the CREMA committee. The event brought together chiefs and traditional leaders and other stakeholders within the Chakali Sungmaalu CREMA.
By: Saeed Fatawu|myradiowaa.com|92.1fm|