The Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has expressed concern over the current degree of devastation and degradation of the country’s forests and arable lands, stating that the state of the country’s forest reserve should be a concern for everyone.
According to him, the degradation of Ghana’s forest cover and pollution of water bodies should be put to an immediate halt so that future generations would be able to protect the forest.
“Someone is saying that we should mine all the gold and fell all the trees so that when our children come to their age, they will find theirs,” Okyehene told a group from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources at Ofori Panin Fie in Kyebi. That is extremely self-centered. The forest must be preserved for future generations.
“However, where will our children’s children take it up from if we destroy what is around us?” We must be unselfish and think in terms of generations. We will not ruin our natural ecosystem once we have that.
“We’re banding together to replant, and every person should get involved since it’s a great initiative that will benefit future generations.”
Following the government’s declassification of areas of the Achimota Forest Reserve, which were meant to be returned to their original owners, concerns about Ghana’s forest cover have risen.
Furthermore, the supposed Will of the late former Forestry Commission Chief Executive, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Sir John, has sparked controversy on social media, with claims that the declassification is being done to allow some politicians to gain public lands.
Sir John possessed land in both Achimota Forest and the Ramsar reserve in Sakumono, Accra, according to portions of his will.
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, on the other hand, has requested paperwork relating to the Achimota Forest lands and the Achimota Forest Reserve.