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Inadequate logistics impeding fight against galamsey – Forestry Commission

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The Forestry Commission in the Greater Accra Region has attributed the lack of logistics such as adequate vehicles and motorbikes at its district offices to its inability to effectively fight against the menace of illegal mining.

The commission bemoans that the situation is compounded by the delays in the release of funds for forestry development activities.

The Deputy Greater Accra Regional Manager of the Forestry Commission, George Agbenowoshi while speaking at a short ceremony by Parliament ahead of the tree planting exercise today urged the public to actively partake in the exercise for an enhanced environment.

“I cannot conclude my submission without mentioning the challenges being faced by the forestry commission and Forest Service Delivery (FSD) in the country. Logistics such as pickups vehicles and motorbikes for our field operation activities at the various districts are challenging and cannot be anything to write home about. It makes it difficult to fight forest offences in our forest reserves. These offences include illegal mining activities that have been ongoing, bush fire, illegal logging, illegal farming and chainsaw activities across the country.

He continued: “We also have issues with the timely release of funds for development activities including plantation activities in our sector,” he stated.

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