A meeting meant to harmonize the activities of the rosewood monitoring group of the Sissala East District Assembly has decided to synergize all acts in order that the Sissala East is rid of fresh rosewood harvest. At the meeting it came out clear that, the permit issued was gravely being violated as fresh rosewoods was been logged. This, speakers said had sewn seed of discord and disunity among brothers hired in the logging activities and those who wanted it stopped. Kong Kuoro and Lilixia Kuoro who represented the Tumu paramountcy appealed to the District Assembly through the justice and sub-committee to harmonize the activities of the task force to gain confidence from the communities so that the illegal felling is stopped immediately.
It was mentioned that there exist already a monitoring committee supervising the rose wood harvest and therefore was the need to put their resources and activities together to ensure smooth operations. The two asked all groups in the various communities contemplating of setting up counter task force to immediately ditch such taught whilst the DCE, Police, justice committee reviews the operations of all intended task force to stop rosewood activities in the area. The District Chief Executive asked all involved to halt their activities whilst efforts are made to address mistrust coming out of the logging activities in the communities as “the decision to collect lying rosewood was the last option of the assembly hence the MOU and, once the trust has been breached, all involved must stop their activities with immediate effect” the DCE warned. At the meeting, it came out that, the MOU was indeed for the permit holders to collect lying rosewood but reports indicates fresh ones have been cut. The justice sub-committee was tasked to immediately hold a meeting to review future plans towards flashing out rosewood activities in the district. The meeting was attended by the DCE, Chiefs, Police Commander, Forestry Division, Assembly Members, RadfordFM, monitoring taskforce and other taskforce.
BY MOHAMMED SALIA