The over 15,000 hectares Fure Forest Reserve in the Prestea-Huni-Valley District of the Western Area which retains some of the endangered species of mammals have for the previous 10 many years shed 80 hectares to unlawful smaller scale gold miners.
The Fure River is also intensely polluted.
The Minister, who was talking to Citi Information when he led a crew of business regulators and stakeholders in the anti-galamsey combat to pay a visit to the Fure River Forest Reserve, explained the forest is now becoming guarded by just 5 staff which to him was a issue.
“The trouble right here is that we really don’t have sufficient males to man the forest. It has 4 technological officers and a selection supervisor. So they are five, and how normally do they even appear here?”
“They are getting supported by the Fast Reaction Staff which often comes listed here to test no matter if there are persons in the forest carrying out illegal activity. All these notwithstanding, you could see some contemporary dugouts by persons utilizing area apply.”
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources said the answer is with the instruction of additional mining guards but their coaching is getting hampered by lack of area at the Law enforcement Instruction College.
“We properly trained 220 mining guards and we had been to increase 280. But we have not experienced them yet owing to logistical issues at the Law enforcement Instruction School at Tesano [where the training is done]. There was no room for us and that has delayed it up until now. The range is not sufficient. We say that we have not gotten all the resources to carry us back to the discipline thoroughly but our protection agencies, Minerals and Forestry Commissions are all on the ground aiding us. A single issue we ought to not ignore is that it behoves on you as a citizen to battle this trouble. You really don’t have to have to simply call on the security organizations, when you find people in the method of conducting such an illegal act, as a citizen you are fabric with the capability to impact citizen arrest.“
Early 2018, a deal was supplied for the depleted parts of the forest to be reclaimed but the contractor allegedly determined to have interaction in the similar unlawful business enterprise.
On the other hand, the Minister is absolutely sure of completing the reclamation.
Minister for Lands and Pure Resources, Kwaku Asomah Chiremeh
“In 2018 when we began this work out of reclamation, at a position, the Forestry Fee recognized that the course of action was remaining abused and that similar was advisable to the Executive Director. I intend to appear back again to this discipline to do the reclamation following we have absent via all the system. MMIP has 80 million Pounds from the Environment Financial institution for the applications of reclamation, portion it would be applied for this and component of it would be employed to be certain that there is turbidity on this River Fure.“
At the Amease-Nsuta portion of the Fure Forest Reserve, the Forestry Commission’s admitted farms experienced also been devastated.
Deputy Western Regional Supervisor of the Forestry Fee, Stephen Asamoah Duah
The Deputy Western Regional Manager of the Forestry Commission, Stephen Asamoah Duah, told Citi Information the bane of protecting the forest is deficiency of deterring sentences for those people arrested.
“What is demotivating us is the punitive measures provided by the courtroom. A short while ago, 7 folks were being arrested here accomplishing unlawful mining in the Fure River and all the punishment the court gave was 700 Ghana Cedis penalty. It was not motivating for our boys simply because to mobilize methods to arrest armed unlawful miners whom we retrieved two pump equipment at the threat of our lives and at the finish the court docket would award a penalty of 700 Cedis for the folks to go absolutely free, I think that is not motivating plenty of. All the identical, we are inspired by our concentrate on for the 12 months that we have to combat illegal mining to the latter so that we can reclaim our forest.”
This report to begin with appeared on:https://www.modernghana.com/news/986588/absence-of-guards-bring about-of-destruction-of-fure-forest-reserve-.html