Pressure mounts on Forestry Commission to release seized truck-load of illegal lumber at Kibi Pressure mounts on Forestry Commission to release seized truck-load of illegal lumber at Kibi
The  Forestry Commission of Ghana is under intense Political pressure to release truck smuggling illegal lumber believed to have been harvested from the Atewa... Pressure mounts on Forestry Commission to release seized truck-load of illegal lumber at Kibi
The  Forestry Commission of Ghana is under intense Political pressure to release truck smuggling illegal lumber believed to have been harvested from the Atewa Forest Reserve .
Officials of the commission seized the truck loaded with illegal lumber during the World Environment Day Celebration held at Kibi .
However, top political actors from Abuakwa South Constituency including the Member of Parliamentary for the area ,Samuel Atta Akyea ,are piling scorching pressure on the Kibi stretch of the Atewa  Forest zone officer to release the illegal lumber to the owner, yet to be identified .
The Phone of the Forestry official is countlessly buzzed  daily with threats,appeals and directives to set  free the truck.

The Acting Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency,Mr.John A.Pwamang during the World Environment Day celebration , mentioned that the latest average rate of deforestation  in Ghana is  22,000 hectares per annum .

Illegal logging has been identified as a leading drive depleting Ghana’s forest reserves.

Corruption and political interference in management of the Natural resources in Ghana have worsened the plight of the environment hence  calls by Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin ,the Okyenhene and other environmentalists for the EPA and other environmental  regulatory bodies to be autonomous to wield absolute power to effectively manage the environment.

Environmental crimes continue unabated in Ghana but it seems to be little improve in enforcement of the laws  following public outcry over devastations being caused by perpetrators particularly in the mining sector.

Several persons including foreigners have been arrested in connection with various green crimes in Ghana.

The Koforidua Circuit Court ‘A’  on Wednesday convicted three illegal lumberers to a fine of Ghc1,200 each for illegally harvesting economic trees in the Atewa Forest Reserve .

The convicts will serve 8 months each jail sentence in default .

The convicts are  Kwaku Adu,  a chainsaw operator, David Oppong and Richard Odoi .They were convicted on their own plea of guilty .

The Court also ordered the Forestry Commission to auction the confiscated logs and lumber  for the proceeds to be put into the consolidated fund .