Photo By: Archibold Walker-Sefwi Wiawso
The Paramount Chief of Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area in the Western North Region,
Katakyie Kwasi Bumangama ll, has warned all his divisional chiefs to desist from illegal mining activities in order to save the forest for future generations.
He said his paramouncy will collaborate with stakeholders to stop illegal mining activities in the newly created Region so as to save the forest from destruction.
Katakyie Bumankama indicated that illegal mining had caused extensive damage to the environment, particularly water bodies, forest reserved and farmland, and threaten food security with debilitating socio-economic conqusences.
He explained further that illegal mining activities had negatively affected the socio-economic development of the area and is gradually destroying the farmland meant for cocoa production in some affected communities.
The Paramount Chief, who is also a board member of the forestry commission said “I will not spare any sub-chief who will engage in illegal mining activities”. He further stated the law will take its own course to serve as deterrent to others and distools culprits as well.The Paramount Chief warned.
He, therefore, called on the sub-chiefs under him to support the government’s vision to end the activities of illegal miners in the region.
Katakyie Bumangama ll, gave this warning when he was speaking at the 2021 Elluo Festival (Yam Festival) at Sefwi Wiawso on the theme: “Uplifting The Image Of Sefwi Wiawsoman and Beyond” said the fight against illegal mining only for politicians but also traditional rulers, security agencies and even ordinary people must have a role to play to protect the forest and water bodies from total destruction.
He encouraged the businessmen within region to take advantage of government’s policy dubbed; community mining programme, an initiative to promote proper mining activities in the various areas to seek for the appropriate quarters for license permit for operation.
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Forestry Commission, Martha Kwayie Manu commended Katakyie Kwasi Bumangama ll, for his numerous efforts to protect the forest from unlawfully farming and illegal mining activities.
She assured the chief for her continue support to save the forest for unborn generation.
She tasked the general public to also serve as watchdogs and report issues of illegal mining, deafforestation, farming activities around River banks, and illegal chainsaw operators to law enforcement agencies for prosecution.
By: Daniel Akwasi Nuako, Sefwi Wiawso