The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel Abu. Jinapor, has charged officials of the Northern Regional agencies of the Ministry of Lands to put an end to the encroachment on the forest reserves and public lands in the region.
He made these remarks during a working visit to the Northern Region in a meeting involving the sector officials on Monday 4th October, 2021 at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, to discuss issues pertaining safeguarding public and vested lands in the region.
Addressing the staff at the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands, Forestry, Lands and Minerals Commissions, the Minister appealed to them to work together with the Regional Minister and the Coordinating Council to bring an end to this menace, which has the potential to escalate into a national problem, as has been the case of small-scale illegal mining in the country
“The matter to do with the encroachment of forest reserves in Tamale is a matter we have to deal with and deal with forcefully ‘
We are told and it's very evident that the forest reserves in the Tamale Metropolis are being encroached upon, we cannot permit that,” the minister said.
The Minister revealed that the Regional Security Council set to map out strategies to clear off all the encroachers along the forest reserve to ensure the sustainability of Tamale.
He explained that as the parent region out of which the three new regions were born, the functions and operations can and will have great implications on the output of work, adding that Tamale is turning into the center of commerce for North Africa, hence the need to preserve the public lands of Tamale and the Northern Region at large.
The minister disclosed that several developmental interventions aimed at boosting the local economy are in the pipeline, among them is the launch of the Shea Plantation Scheme which will ensure the injection of some huge capital into the forestry sector.
Source: Abdul-Razak Mohammed(Real Estate Times Africa)