Upper West Regional Minister Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih has warned that anyone caught felling rosewood and other commercial tress will live to regret the sanction that will be meted on him.
He blamed Chiefs and other traditional leaders within the Wechiua paramountcy for the act stressing that “no one can fell a tree in any community without the knowledge of the chiefs, for all the communities where this act is being perpetrated, they have chiefs, they know the perpetrators but won’t bring them out, if I hear again that there is this act going on in any community, the Chief will also be arrested among the perpetrators” he strongly stated.
The Minister further indicated that acts like harvesting of rosewood and illegal mining are drawing back the progress of the region hence his call for such dastardly acts to be buried immediately.
Hon. Hafiz urged the youth of Wechiua not to allow any vehicle conveying rosewood or other commercial tress pass through the paramountcy
He used the opportunity and urged the people of Upper West to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols after realizing that some participants at his engagement with the Chiefs and elders of the Wechiua traditional area threw the safety protocols away.
Meanwhile the Paramount Chief of Wechiua traditional area in the Upper West Region, Naa Alhaj Imoro Nandomy-Gomah II through his linguist assured the Upper West Regional Minister of his commitment to the fight against indiscriminate felling of trees.
He says the Minister’s action has rekindled his readiness to face and flash out the illegal rosewood harvesters and galamseyers in the paramountcy.
The Upper West Regional Security Council under the leadership of Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih on Wednesday May 12, 2021 visited some of the scenes where tress have been cut down by the illegal harvesters.