Six(6) day – 95km protest march to flagstaff house over bauxite mining in Atewa Forest enters day 3. Six(6) day – 95km protest march to flagstaff house over bauxite mining in Atewa Forest enters day 3.
The six(6) Day  -95km Protest march to the flagstaff House seat of Government of Ghana has entered day three(3) as  hundreds of residents of ... Six(6) day – 95km protest march to flagstaff house over bauxite mining in Atewa Forest enters day 3.

The six(6) Day  -95km Protest march to the flagstaff House seat of Government of Ghana has entered day three(3) as  hundreds of residents of  fringe communities of the Atewa Forest Reserve relentlessly soldier on petitioning stakeholders against government’s plan to mine bauxite deposit in the Atewa Forest. The protest march started on  Saturday from Akyem Sagyimase to Kyebi  and continued on Sunday  18 March, 2018  from  Kyebi to  Apedwa .The march is continuing from Apedwa to Asuboi today Monday, 19th March, 2018.The rest of the schedules are : Asuboi – Nsawam Tuesday, 20th March, 2018,  Nsawam to Achimota Wednesday, 21st March, 2018 and  Achimota to Flagstaff House onThursday, 22nd March, 2018.
The protestors – Concerned Citizens of the Atewa Landscape have already petitioned Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, the Okyenhene, Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council,  Municipal Chief Executive of East Akyem.Others anticipated  recipients of Petitions by the group are His Excellency, the President and Vice President  Suhum Municipality,  Amanfromhene,  Suhumhene, Municipal District Chief Executive, Suhum,  MCE of Nsawam- Adoagyiri Municipality ,Overlord of Nsawam Traditional Council,  CEO of Forestry Commission and  Achimota Mantse Palace.

The government of Ghana has announced plans to leverage bauxite deposits in parts of Ghana for a $15Billion financial package from the Chinese government.The  Atewa Forest which is a Global Biodiversity Significant Area is part of current plans of Ghana to develop an integrated bauxite industry in Ghana.

However, the Concerned Citizens of Atewa Landscape a  group  made up of representives of several NGOs, Youth Groups, Interfaith Groups, Forest Fora, Farmer Based Associations, Opinion Leaders, and Community Leaders that have the best long-term interest of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area and all the areas surrounding Atewa Forest vehemently oppose the intended bauxite mining citing its negative impact on the forest and millions of Ghanaians .

According to leader of the  group, Nana Ampem, besides Densu,Birim and Ayensu rivers taking their source from the forest , Atewa Forest provides estimated current annual values of non-timber products of US$12.4m, climate amelioration services c. 55,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, potential tourism revenue over US$5m, cocoa production at US$9.3m, and timber at US$40.6m. Therefore ,these services will all be eroded should the  planned bauxite mining happens.The group says, government must convert the forest to a National Park which has the capacity to generate enough revenue for the country while conserving  the forest.