Gonjaland Youth Demands An End To Commercial Charcoal Burning

The dangers of an ever disappearing forest and the change in rainfall pattern have pushed the National Association of Gonjaland Students to advocate for an end to commercial charcoal burning in the Savannah region.

According to the group, despite its fruitless attempts in previous years, the time is now as Samuel Abu Jinapor a royal from the Gonja Traditional Area is Minister for Land and Natural Resources.

The Group argues Mr Jinapo who doubles as MP for Damongo has the capacity to stop the activity.

President of the Association, Ishmael Abdul Fatawu at a press conference in Bole to mark this year’s Gonjaland Association Congress said the youth of the are not pleased with the level of deforestation in the region.

He pleaded with authorities to protect the forest reserve and natural resources the region is blessed with.

“We want use your media and platform to appeal to all sundry and all that they should try as much as possible for us to be to use the natural resources that God has given this great region and it will be one of the greatest regions in Ghana,” Mr Fatawu pleaded.

Ishmeil Abdul Fatawu – President, National Association of Gonjaland Students

Commercial charcoal burning is a business activity flourishing in the Upper West, Savannah, Northern, North East regions of Ghana creating employments for the teeming youths.

Despite it being a lucrative business, its effects are adverse and the group is calling for an end to it.

However, the Association also raised grave concerns over illegal logging and smuggling of rosewood.

They also called on government and traditional authorities to make judicious use of the natural resources in the area while they last.

When TamaleOnline News’ Iddrisu Hafiz asked if a ban on the charcoal burning will not snatch away the livelihoods of people involved directly in the business, Mr Fatawu answered saying:

“We as a people can come out with a lot of ways to pay our children’s school fees and we shouldn’t resort to miscommunication to say that.”

He continued “Today we might not see the consequences but the farmers are experiencing it. Look at the amount of rainfall we are witnessing in the Savannah region it is as a result of the charcoal burning. So we are urging on everyone please lets try to find other alternative ways to pay our fees.”

The National Associationof Gonjaland Students is a group of students of all levels residing within and without the Savannah region but are connected tribes in the region.

Source: tamaleonline.net | Iddrisu Hafiz

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