Hon. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, on Wednesday, 11th September 2019 assured the public that Government will not burn seized Rosewood.
“Government will rather put them to meaningful use”, he added.
Addressing journalists at the Meet-the-Press series in Accra, Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh said the Ministry had not issued any salvage permits for harvesting of Rosewoods since the ban was placed on the rare species in March this year.
The Minister said he constituted a seven- member investigative committee, comprising representatives of civil society organisations, Ghana Revenue Authority and Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Forestry to unravel the activities of illegal exploitation of rosewoods and bring the perpetrators to book.
He said the final report of the investigative committee would be made public and urged all well-meaning Ghanaians to support Government’s efforts to curb the harvesting, transportation and export of the species.
Touching on the issue of the construction of the National Cathedral, the sector Minister disclosed that work will soon start as the land for the building is ready.
Almost all the buildings on the land which used to hold the Scholarship Secretariat, the Judicial Training Institute, the Passport Office and the residences of nine judges at North Ridge, according to the minister have been cleared with the debris gradually being taken away, he noted.
On Mining the Minister said, that government’s fight against illegal mining “galamsey” in the country has attained 85 percent success rate, despite continuous reports of such operations in some parts of the country.
He said the high level of success chalked does not bring the fight to an end since there were still a few miscreants who are making it difficult for all of us and that is the reason why the laws bordering on mining has been reviewed to enable us deal with these individuals and groups, he emphasized.
Attached is the full speech delivered by the sector Minister, Hon. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh on the 2019 Meet the press held at the conference room of the Ministry of Information. MEET-THE-PRESS-2019.pdf