The Member of Parliament for the Sissala East constituency Hon. Ridwan Abass Dauda has strongly stated that he will not be backing rosewood harvesting in the district.
This comes after one person was arrested for harvesting rosewood in Sumborun and a letter that is circulating on social media granting permission to MESSRS ATTAKEY Limited to salvage rosewood in Brong-Ahafo, Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions.
Regarding this letter, the MP says “he doubts the source, warning constituents not to watch on for people to deceive them with letters only to damage our vegetation”. According to the MP, the letter is back dated and if it is anything to go by, he will not be in support of it. However, Hon. Ridwan Abass cautioned that no one should impose any permit to deteriment of our vegetation since the impact of the activity affect constituents.
He disclosed that rosewood products in china are costly but the benefit of the illegal activity in Ghana is insignificant to the people, Meanwhile, about a log of rosewood goes for one Thousand Ghana Cedi’s, a charge some community members and some chiefs collect from merchants who collect the species.
He therefore urged that all stakeholders must step up to take action collaboratively to arrest the situation as he and the colleagues MP Hon. Dr.Clement Apaak are taking steps in parliament.
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