REGSEC, Gonja Traditional Council To End Charcoal Burning, Illegal Mining In Savannah Region

From the second week of May 2021, there will be no commercial charcoal burning, illegal mining and logging of rosewood in the Savannah region.

This was agreed at an Environmental Consultative Dialogue of chiefs and people in the Savannah region on Wednesday, 21st April, 2020 in Damongo.

Savannah Regional Minister, Saeed Muhazu Jibril said the activities of the commercial charcoal burners is gradually snatching away the livelihoods of people who depend shea nuts for survival.

To this end, Mr Muhazu Jibril assured crunch measures will be adopted to stop the stop the destruction of farm land and forest reserves in the region.

“Stop points will be amounted at Buipe in the Central Gonja District, at Bole in the Bole Bamboi District and at Mankango in the East Gonja District to arrest all culprits who will go against the new directive by the regional coordinating council and the paramount chiefs”, he noted.

Addressing the forum, the Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor II bemoaned the havoc caused by these activities on the environment.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, arable lands are being destroyed, the colour of water bodies keeps changing, depletion of the ozone layer, severe rain storms thereby exposing the human factor to all manner of environmental hazards are some effects,” he stated.

Not withstanding the failure of the Gonja Traditional Council to stop the menace of commercial charcoal burning in 2015, Buipewura Jinapor 11 believes this time will be different.

“This is the commitment of 2021 and there is much difference between 2021 and 2015. Anybody who has charcoal anywhere should be moving as quickly as possible,” Buipewura II added.

He called a collective responsibility to end the menace in the region devoid political coloration.

The Environmental Consultative Dialogue brought together all 19 Paramount Chiefs in the region, Regional Military and Police Commanders, Youth Groups among others to share ideas on how to stop the menace.

Source: | Hafiz Iddrisu

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