Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

The Forestry Commission in the Northern Region has mounted a strong defense against the alleged sale of portions of the Tamale Water Works Forest Reserve to private developers by the Lands Commission.

The Forestry Commission says the Lands Commission has no mandate to sell reserved lands, describing the move as illegal.

This comes after the Lands Commission started moves to sell parts of the Water Works Forest Reserve located along the Tamale-Kumbungu road.

About 100 acres of the forest reserve is said to be sold to private developers.

This area is currently occupied by squatters made up of vehicle mechanics, the popular Assembly Man’s Park, carpenters, traders among others.

The main water basin in the city is located within that enclave.

The controversial land

The Forestry Commission says the sale of the lands would disrupt the water channel of the city and could lead to perennial floods in the city.

Northern Regional Manager of the Forestry Commission, Bernard Tabil tells Justicefmonline that clearing parts of the forest will worsen the depleting climate change in the Northern Regional capital.

“We know the value of trees, they have a lot of values especially with regards to protecting the environment and that place is even a lower level where when it rains, all the rains come into that area, so by developing that area into a residential area, you know, the effects of future flooding which will come within the area” Mr Tabil said.

He appealed to residents to support the Forestry Commission as it seeks to protect the forest reserve.

Attempts to reach the Lands Commission has proven unsuccessful.

The Tamale Water Works Forest earmarked as a reserved area in 1935.

It is one of a few forest reserves in Tamale, the other being the Agric Forest Reserve on the Tamale-Bolgatanga highway.

Last October, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor tasked the Forestry Commission and the Lands Commission to work out modalities to flush out encroachers on forest reserves in the Tamale Metropolis.

The sector minister Is also calling for swipe action against encroachers of forest reserves in the area.

“We are told and it’s very evident that the forest reserves in the Tamale metropolis are being encroached upon. We cannot permit that. I am counting on your support for us to come to grips to deal with this matter,” he said.

Source : Justicefmonline 

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