V/R: MLNR cautions against indiscriminate cutting down of trees

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The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) has cautioned against the indiscriminate cutting down of trees in parts of the country especially in the Volta

According to the ministry, said trees were planted by government to restore Ghana’s destroyed vegetative cover.

A statement issued by Deputy Minister in Charge of Lands & Forestry Benito Bio said as reported in the video by the Youtube TV Channel, some residents of Alakple Tsito in the Volta Region, are alleged to have engaged in unlawful and indiscriminating cutting down of trees planted by the Forestry Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

“The said trees were planted by government to restore Ghana’s destroyed vegetative cover.

“The Ministry unreservedly condemns this act and has since informed the Volta Regional Minister and the Volta Regional Manager of the Forest Service Division of the Forestry Commission to initiate investigations into the allegations and assist in bringing the perpetrators to book.

“We, therefore, entreat the general public to avoid indiscriminate felling of trees. We guarantee that the perpetrators, if found guilty, would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“The Ministry, hereby, reminds Ghanaians that trees are indispensable part of human life and integral to the ecosystem. It is necessary for our human survival. Hence, we call on each and every one to help protect Ghana’s vegetative cover against destruction.

“Lastly, we wish to reassure the general public that the Ministry will continue to secure our forest and vegetation against unselective cutting down of trees.”

Source: 3news.com|Ghana