The President of the Bono East Regional House of Chiefs and President of Yegi traditional council, Pimampim Yaw Kagbrese V, has appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency assist them to exploit gold discovered in the region responsibly.
This he said will not only bring jobs to the teeming unemployed youths in the region but also reduce poverty while ensuring that the region also contribute to the nation’s economy.
He requested the minister of Lands and Natural Resources Samuel Jinapor to help the region with logistical support to ensure the exploitation is properly carried out and help bring development in the area.
The chief said illegal mining in the region is not rampant as compared to other regions but bemoaned the practice of illegal lumbering which he described as something that calls for the urgent attention of the government.
He, however, reposed his confidence in the Minister saying that “we know you and we know what you are capable of and we know you can do this and do it well”.
The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Jinapor who spoke at length on the issue of lumbering in the region, appealed to the chiefs to work hand-in-gloves with the REGSEC to place a ban on the harvesting of wood for charcoal on commercial purposes to help preserve the only forest cover available to Ghana for future generations.
In view of the fight against logging, the minister asked that REGSEC add on a member from the Regional House of Chiefs to be part of the task force and audit committee which is to be established to ensure that they have an all-inclusive force.
Mr. Jinapor assured the chiefs that all the concerns tabled before him will be taken up with speed and provide all needed logistics, especially with regards to gold exploitation in the region, for the benefit of all.