Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor says he will update Ghanaians on the state of the country’s forest reserves on May 2.
Speaking to the media at the National Youth Conference on natural resources and environmental governance, Mr. Jinapor advised that, government and stakeholders need to remain focused despite the setbacks that may come and avoid apportioning blame in order to succeed in the fight against illegal mining and other environmental malpractices.
“On May 2, I am leading the Forestry Commission to brief the country on the state of forest reserves in Ghana and give a full update on the state of our forest reserves.”
“Some of the measures that we are putting into place will have to continue, there will be setbacks but the most important in this matter as history has taught us, is for us to be focused,” Mr. Jinapor added.
He further encouraged the youth to show interest in environmental governance.
Members of the Plantation Developers and Seedlings Contractors Association are threatening legal action against the government for owing them an amount of GH¢28 million for seedlings they supplied in 2021 and 2022 during the national tree planting exercise.
Despite these demands and threats, the 2023 Green Ghana Project has budgeted GH¢2.5 million for this year’s planting exercise which its chairman, Benito Owusu-Bio said is woefully inadequate.