source: padfm.com.gh By Zulka
Kusawguwura Bunayaso II Alhassan Soale, leader of the Kusawgu Traditional Area in the Central Gonja district of the Savannah region is calling for support of all stakeholders to halt environmental destruction in his traditional area because the act is not healthy for the environment. The rampant commercial charcoal production in the Savannah region is a cause of worry to many individuals, CSOs, NGOs, some traditional leaders and government of Ghana.
Recently, the Savannah regional minister Saeed Muhazu Jibril promised an action to stop the menace in the region will start on 15th April, 2021.
Other notable NGOs/CSOs in the region fighting against environmental destruction and the menace are A Rocha Ghana and Jaksally Development Organization.
Kusawguwura Bunayaso II is ready to maintain the green nature of the environment in his traditional area and therefore, demanding that trees fell must be replaced in equal measures.
At his outdooring ceremony on March 21, 2021, the leader said ” I do appreciate the fact that charcoal burning is the occupation of some of my subjects. I am however of the opinion that trees that
are cut must be replanted if this source of livelihood must be sustained. The
Minister responsible for the Environment and the Central Gonja District Assembly with support of Chiefs can turn this situation around “.
Group or communal hunting is another act the Chief wants to tackle with support from all stakeholders because it’s not helpful. The kusawguwura said the Menace of group hunting has not been helpful to our environment. Apart from depleting the stock of our wildlife, bush fires destroy our farms and
sometimes hunters engaged in stealing of farm produce. I therefore, call on the Regional Security Committee, DISEC, Forestry and Wildlife
Commission and the Savannah Region House of Chiefs to support the Kusawgu
Traditional Council to curb this annual ritual that has a tendency of creating insecurity for me and my people, he added.
Kusawguwura Bunayaso II appealed to government to extend the Yapei water project to other communities in the traditional area.
He urged the Community Water and Sanitation Agency to extend the Yapei water project to Kusawgu as a matter of agency and also take steps to provide boreholes for communities such as Torsinapei, kpatingya, kadigbonto, Sakumpe, kantaga, kalinka and host of other communities to help ameliorate the water
situation in the Kusawgu Traditional Area.
Electricity coverage is also a major challenge that needs serious
attention from Government,. Communities such as Sakumpe, Sakumpe Yipala, Larigbani, Mamurupei,
Kadigbonto, Bulamposo, Jagbarigapei, Bubuiposo, Nekpegu, Toropei, Dakulipei, Nyanyagpei, Salimboma, Zoomlanpei, Kpatinya, Darivogupei, Bagpei, Dawunipei, Diwurapei are still without electricity, and I wish to appeal to your good offices to help solve this problem.
Poor road network connecting Kusawgu and its environs is also a factor that needs serious attention. Sankpala-Torsinapei, Sankpala-
Kpatingya, Sankpala-Nekpegu, Yapei–Katanga, Yapei-Yipala- Zowu,
Yapei-Yipala –Bonyagasei –kulbugduli Roads need major facelift.
the road network will help bring investment in the area and by so doing, job opportunities would be made available to the teaming youth in the area.
The Central Gonja district is one of the largest in the Savannah region. The Kusawguwura appealed to government to create another district out of the current one.
He said we are still appealing and reminding you of the President’s promise to create a District from the present Central Gonja District, which is the largest and most populous District in Savannah region. The President remarked in
his last visit to Yapei for the commissioning of the water project, “My next visit to Yapei would be to cut sod for the construction of the District Assembly
Complex.” It is our hope that this promise would be fulfilled in the shortest possible time to bring Governance to the door steps of the people so as to bring
meaning to effective decentralization and development.
At the ceremony, President Nana Akufo-Addo donated a cash amount of GHC25,000 through Damongo constituency MP and Lands and Natural Resources minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor.
The former President, John Mahama also made a cash donation to the Chief through the Yapei/Kusawgu constituency MP, John Jinapor.
NGOs, CSOs, individuals and other organizations donations were received.
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