Hon Saaed Jibril Muhazu, has said plans are underway to meet Chiefs in the Savannah Region to discuss issues of logging and burning of charcoal in large quantities.
The Minister said this on Friday April 10, 2021, when the Australian High Commission donated camera traps, GPS, computers and among others to the Management of the Mole National Park.
Speaking to the media after receiving the donation, Saeed Muazu Jibril said his office is to engage the Australia High Commission on issues of a commercial wood logging and charcoal burning as to how to reserve our natural forest with assistance from Australia since they are experts in natural reserves.
He cautioned the public to desist from logging illegally in the forest as stiffer punishment awaits anyone who falls victim to that.
He expressed gratitude to the Australian High Commission for the kind gesture and reteirated that the Australian High Commission should do their best to create sister City parks with Australian Government.
He added that the Ghana Government in collaboration with the forestry Commission is currently working on making the Mole National Park a UNESCO Heritage Center in Africa .
The Regional Minister stressed that after a meeting is held with the Chiefs, and any of that is not ready to comply in making sure they stop this menace in the Region would be made to face the law squarely.
The Minister added that the destruction caused to the environment as a result of illegal logging has resulted in climatic changes in the area including the hot nature of the area and thus entreat the general public to join in hands to fight against the illegal cutting down of trees.
He also said mining activities would be regulated in the Region to safeguard the environment against pollution.
The Mole National Park is the largest park in Africa which is currently the only National Park UNESCO targets of making it a Heritage Center.