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05-Feb-2018  
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A group calling itself YAFMO Youth Development Association in the Brong-Ahafo Region has petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over some illegal mining activities in a reserved forest in the region.

According to them, illegal miners have invaded the Bosomkese forest reserve – and also harvesting lumber for sale in Burkina Faso and beyond.

In a statement copied to Peacefmonline.com, the Chairman of the group, Michael Boakye Ntori noted that several complaints to the Regional Minister Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh to use his office to stop the illegal activities have been unsuccessful.

“Earlier, we petitioned with documentary evidence to the B/A Regional minister Hon Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh and copied to interested parties in July 2017. We regret to inform you [President] that no action has since been taken on this issue”.

“We have no option left than to bring the situation to your attention Mr. President. We hope that you will use your good office to bring the action to an end”, the statement read. 

Below is the petition to the president:

YAFMO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

0244417909 /0244676123/ 0204893167
[email protected]@yahoo.com
P.O. BOX1,Yamfo.B/A
BANKERS: NATIONAL INVESTMENT BANK

Our Ref YYDA17/07/005 Thursday 1st February 2018.
Your Ref…………………………….
The President of the Republic of GHANA,

H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,
Flagstaff House,
Kanda, Accra.

Dear Sir,

PETITION TO INVESTIGATE ILLEGAL LUMBERING & GALAMSEYING IN THE BOSOMKESE FOREST RESERVE (YAMFO).

Good day Sir. We hope this letter finds you in good health.

We write this letter to bring to your attention the alarming and reckless depletion of the Bosomkese Forest Reserve at YAMFO in the Brong Ahafo Region.

This is due to the operations of illegal loggers and galamseyers who have invaded the protected forest reserve.
Our checks reveal that these illegal loggers are harvesting the lumber for sale in Burkina Faso and beyond and it seems all our efforts at getting the issue resolved at the regional and district level has proved futile thus far.

We have no option left than to bring the situation to your attention in the hope that you will use your good office to bring action to an end. It is an undeniable fact that the forest cover of Ghana dwindles daily and it is in the nation’s interest to protect the remaining forest reserves in line with your vision.

We are however afraid that if immediate steps are not taken to remedy the situation, the BOSOMKESE FOREST RESERVE which is a national asset will suffer permanent and irreparable damage.

This forest reserve contains some every important tree, fauna and animal species and an immediate action will save them from total extinction.

Attached is an earlier petition and documentary evidence presented to the B/A Regional Minister Hon Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh and copied to interested parties in July 2017.

We regret to inform you that no action has since been taken on this issue by the above named persons and sadly, these illegal activities still persist at an alarming rate.

Your Excellency, we humbly suggest that you assign the Forestry Commission and its task force, the National Security apparatus; the security services namely, the Ghana Police Service, the Military High Command to quickly move into stop the illegal logging and galamseying activities that are threatening the survival of this very important Forest Reserve.

Thank you for your attention.
Humbly,
………………………….
MICHAEL BOAKYE NTORI.
Chairman, 0208555365

………………………….
NANA GYAMFI KUMANING
Vice Chairman, 0244676123

……………………………
PRECIOUS BOATENG
P.R.O, 0205970770

Cc

CEO, National Forestry Commission, Accra.

Minister of Lands &Natural Resources, Accra.

Minister for Science & Environment, Accra.

The Regional Minister, Sunyani.

Omanhene of Yamfo Traditional Council, YAMFO.

Regional Forestry Commission, Sunyani.

District Forestry Commission, Bechem.

District Chief Executive, Duayaw Nkwanta.
 
 
 
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