Ghana — The Kintampo South District Chief Executive,Yaw Adjei Duffour, has called for extra measures to check the incidence ofillegal logging, in the District. According to him the illegal harvesting ofteak in the Anyima and Amoma section of the Bosoma Forest Reserve constitutes agrave loss of revenue to the state.
Mr. Adjei Duffour was speaking at the third Ordinary Meeting of the Kintampo South District Assembly at Jema. The meeting should have been held during the last quarter of 2007 but was postponed to this year.
The DCE urged assembly members and the traditional authorities to team up to fight the incidence of illegal logging since as it stands now the assembly is not benefiting from exploiting of the reserve.
The DCE was not happy about bushfires in the districts this season, saying in one instance two children died and others sustained severe burns. He announced that the assembly will ensure that community members create fire belts to protect them from bushfires. He also called for the intensification of preventive measures.
Touching on revenue generation, the DCE revealed that the assembly exceeded its revenue target by 44.7%. Mr. Adjei Duffour said a figure of over GH¢79,000 was raked in although the assembly projected to mobilize just over GH¢43,000 thousand Ghana cedis.