The Management of Forestry Commission has said in a statement signed by Mrs. Joyce Ofori Kwafo, the Corporate Affairs & Media Relations Manager and copied to Newsghana.com.gh that, its attention was drawn to a press release issued by Forest Watch in Accra on July 31, 2018, which was signed by Samuel Mawutor, the Coordinator, on the subject, “INVESTIGATE “GALAMSEY” ALLEGATIONS AGAINST FORESTRY COMMISSION CHIEF EXECUTIVE”.
The Commission however wishes to inform all relevant stakeholders that, the Chief Executive of Forestry Commission, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, has not, is not and will not be involved in illegal mining, known in local parlance as ”galamsey”.
This is because as the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, it is his sole prerogative to ensure the sustainability and growth of Ghana’s forests. Having this in mind, he has initiated a lot of afforestation projects, popular among them is the Youth in Afforestation Programme, which is jointly implemented by Forestry Commission and the Youth Employment Agency. (YEA).
The Forestry Commission and its Chief Executive are therefore prepared for any probe from any quarters in connection with this allegation of his involvement in ‘galamsey’. We assure all stakeholders that we will cooperate with them on any probe that will be initiated in connection with this allegation.
We want the air to be cleared of all erroneous impressions about the Forestry Commission and its Chief Executive, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, as that will restore the hard earned reputation of the Commission and Mr. Owusu Afriyie.
Once again, we wish to state that Forestry Commission and its Chief Executive are the custodians for the protection, development and sustainable management of Ghana’s forests and will therefore, not do anything contrary to what the mandate of the Commission states.
For further enquiries, contact
The Corporate Affairs & Media Relations Office Forestry Commission
Tel: 0302 – 401210 / 4012 16
By:Sammy Adjei // Newsghana.com.gh