Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has said the Forestry Commission Boss, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie popularly known as Sir John’s comments about the burning of confiscated Rosewood were made in the heat of the moment.
The Ministry will take an appropriate decision on the seized logs at the end of the day after the committee has submitted its reports, Mr Asomah Cheremeh noted, in contrast to what the Forestry commission Boss has earlier pronounced.
Sir John while addressing the media on September 4, indicated that his outfit as part of measures to curtail the trade of rosewood has decided to among other things, burn all confiscated rosewood in order to discourage people from engaging in the felling of the endangered species since all other measures have failed.
According to Sir John, the Forestry Commission normally sought court orders to auction the confiscated rosewood to the public but its exploitation had not stopped and therefore burning the wood was the most viable option to adopt.
But in an interaction with sit-in host Akwasi Nsiah on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 Fm the Minister explained the comment by Sir John was a “mere puff” not meant to be the position of the Ministry.
“He[Sir John] didn’t mean what he said. if he is serious about his pronouncement I’m sure by now the seized ones by the Forestry Commission would’ve been set ablaze long time. He was just upset about the phenomenon that’s why he made such unfortunate comment.”