The paramount chief of Buipe traditional area, Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor Il has closed down a charcoal market in the Buipe township.
He announced the closure of the charcoal market at a district consultative dialogue on illegal logging and commercial charcoal production in Buipe.
The closure of the market comes days before the ban on logging and commercial production of charcoal in the Savannah Region comes into force.
The Savannah Regional Security Council placed a ban on logging and commercial production of charcoal in the region to protect the environment.
Reports indicate that excessive logging and production of charcoal in the Savannah Ecological Zone is threatening the ecosystem of the area.
Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor Il at the district consultative dialogue announced that the charcoal market in Buipe will be shut down on May 10.
“In line with the ban on illegal logging, commercial charcoal burning and commercial fuel wood activities by the regional house of chiefs, today, I declare to the people of Central Gonja district and the people of Ghana at large that the Buipe charcoal park has been closed and banned.”
Also speaking at the forum, the District Chief Executive of Central Gonja, Mahama Mustapha assured that the security agencies are ready to enforce the ban.
“As the chairman of the district security council, I wish to assure the Buipewura and his sub-chiefs that the security is always ready to enforce the ban in order to help stop the menace.”
Similar dialogue is being held at all paramountcy’s across the Savannah Region.