Govt Inaugurates Seven-member Committee to Investigate Alleged Rosewood Ban Violations

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, has inaugurated a seven-member committee to investigate alleged corruption in the rosewood trade in the country.


The committee will investigate anomalies in the harvest, transportation and export of rosewood; investigate if rosewood is currently being harvested and traded in spite of the ban imposed in March 2019 and submit a report in five weeks.


The committee is chaired by Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources with Mr. Francis Manu Adabor, Member, Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Forestry; Mr. Ena K. Blege, a representative of the Ghana Customs Division; Mr. William Bandor, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG); Mr. Jeremiah Seidu, a representative of the Civil Society; Mr. Adjei Yeboah, a representative of the Private Sector and Mr. Joseph Osiakwan, a representative of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as members.


The formation of the committee follows an Environmental Investigative Agency (EIA) report recently aired by the British Broadcasting Corporation which said rosewood harvesting and trade was still going on in the country despite a ban.


The Minister reiterated that the ban on rosewood was still in force, warning that anyone who violated the ban would be punished.


The Chairman for the Committee, Mr. Benito Owusu-Bio, assured that the committee would unearth any illegality in the trade of rosewood within the time frame given.


Source: ISD (Ishmael Batoma)

Created: 27 August 2019
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