Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has indicated his commitment to the fight against perpetrators engaging in illegal lumbering in the country.
According to him as a sector Minister, he will not wait for the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission who resides in Accra to effect the arrest of the perpetrators in the illegal lumbering if he happens to be in the areas where such illegality is taking place.
In the question and answer section at the “Meet The Press” series at the Ministry of Information, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources said that he is still chasing and taking the keys to the truck of the perpetrators in the illegal lumbering.
“The moment I sight you, I chase you and stop you and ask you to bring your keys and then report you to the nearby Police Station to take charge before the Forestry Commission comes and deals with you”, he cautioned.
He stressed that being the Minister has not stopped him from keeping track of those who are engaging in the illegal lumbering as he used to do when he was the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister.
“I keep tracking; I have not stopped chasing those who are engaging in illegal lumbering. When I was the Regional Minister, I was doing it and whenever I arrest them, I give them to the Forestry Commission and today that that sector is under my ministry, why do I have to stop”, he said.
To him, he is more encouraged to chase those engaging in illegalities now that the Forestry Commission falls under his Ministry; encouraging Ghanaians to take action in arresting people are found in the illegal lumbering as the law of the country enjoins citizens to effect the arrest.