FIGHT AGAINST ROSEWOOD HARVEST IS NOT LOST, MP FUMES OVER ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT OF FORESTERS

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Fight on ending the scourge of illegal rosewood harvesting on the fragile vegetation of Sissala East Municipal Assembly is not lost yet as measures will be put in place to punish perpetrators including officials of the Forestry Service Division in Tumu who aids the activity MP assures.
On Radford Masie Wednesday, Hon. Ridwan Abass Dauda disclosed he supported Police and anti-rosewood taskforce to fight the menace but community members themselves resisted them, claiming they own the land and nobody can prevent them from felling the trees which are sold to Chinese merchants .” I may go to a community to talk about this activity but as a political head I don’t own a land and can only appeal to them’’.
These same people he said needs schools, water and other development needs yet they allow the activity to go on without recourse to the impact it has now and in future on their environment. Hon. Ridwan implore that leadership must rise to address this issue as he further stressed that Forestry officers are leading the Chinese to damage the environment for which it is necessary for measures to be taken to punish them.
Operation Vanguard must be brought down here to fight the menace whereas a stakeholder meeting is held with chiefs and members of communities in the municipality to all agree on how best to dispel the situation the MP stated.
At the level of parliament we seeking consensus by forming a coalition in parliament with affected MPs of Rosewood harvest to also deal with the issue accordingly, he noted. Hon. Ridwan Abass further outlined interventions he took to reverse the decline in BECE pass rate in Sissala East which includes provision of logistics to GES, award given best students among others.
The member also indicated the need to spearhead a meeting with all stakeholders in the illegal rosewood harvest that is currently on going in the Sissala East municipality.

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