OPERATIONS OF ILLEGAL CHAINSAW OPERATORS, MAJOR CAUSE TO OUR RIVER AND WATER BODIES: FORESTRY COMMISSION
Adansi South District Magistrate Court in the Ashanti Region has fined three(3) illegal chainsaw operators ghc3,000 each for invading Nuem-Bepo forest reserve without license.
The Suspects Yaw Antobam, Frank Andam and Kwame Baffuor together with four(4) others who are on the run on 26th February 2018, invaded Nuem-Bepo forest reserve around pillar 21-23 and cut down 13trees without the consent of the forestry commission.
Narrating the incidence to the media, Adansi South District forestry commission Manager Mr. Lawrence Fosu said his outfit received a tip-off that some people have invaded their forest and as a result followed up with their taskforce and apprehended three(3) suspects and seized four chainsaw machines together with one Monkey Jack machine that used to turned the tree when cutting.
He however said the suspects were later handed over to the police to arraigned them before court but before that the culprits led the police to the forest reserve to see the extent of destruction they have caused.
The court after fining them ghc3000 each conphiscated the machines to the state meanwhile the police are searching for the other four who are on the run.
Mr. Lawrence Fosu said their major challenge confronting forestry commission in the district is the operations of illegal chainsawyers but his team is solid and ready to work hard to apprehend them.
Illegal mining or (Galamsey) is not a challenge in the district but they are monitoring and putting measures in place to gag against any move.