The Forestry Commission (FC) has indicated its preparedness to contribute immensely towards the national development agenda through strengthening the institutional and regulatory framework as well as rigorously protecting forests and wildlife resources.
In his speech at the Commission’s 2017 award ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer( CEO) of the Forestry Commission, Mr Kwadjo Owusu Afriyie, said his outfit was poised to contribute to the national development agenda by ensuring sustainable forest and wildlife resources management ,surveying , redemacation, replanting of major farms and destruction of illegal farms.
According to Mr Afriyie, the commission would also enhance law enforcement within forest reserves and wildlife protected areas as well as improve forest resource management through community participation and promoting natural resource and environmental sustainability through key stakeholder involvement.
“We will implement donor projects and programmes” and “enhance capacity to adapt to climate change impact including the implementation of the Ghana REDD+ strategy.” The CEO added.
He told the audience at the packed auditorium of the Forestry Commission that: “ must be realized that achieving set goals for the commission could be daunting, but they are not Insurmountable .” He pointed out that “the current state of our Forest and wild life resources does not allow any compromise for this priorities and the situation also presents opportunities whereby our development partners are ready to assist us. If only we are prepared to work. “
Mr Afriyie continued, “I will theretofore like to entreat every one in this great organization to shun all negative culture and practice that contradict the realization of the commission’s goals.”
Prior to his presentation at the commission’s Auditorium, the CEO and the his Deputy Mr John Allotey had an informal interaction with the media. The meeting was to discuss the year under review and the way forward for the year 2018.
By Mohammed Suleman