The Deputy Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio has asked the newly inaugurated timber revamping Committee to work assiduously and develop comprehensive recommendations to support government improve the performance of the industry.
The 11-member Committee, he said, has a huge task in supporting efforts to regain the past glory of the once vibrant timber industry by generating employment for Ghanaians and helping to attract the needed revenue for the country.
The Deputy Minister stated this when he addressed members of the Committee at a two-day workshop in Adukrom in the Eastern Region.
The Deputy Minister underscored the importance of the timber industry adding that the time has come for it to be revamped to support the Ghanaian economy.
He indicated that members of the Committee were assembled to fashion-out appropriate recommendations and submit report to the sector Minister for onwards considerations and adoption by Cabinet.
He also touched on high access for carbon credit, saying “we want to have a common template for all stakeholders.”
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Andrew Adjei Yeboah, pledged the teams support to the Ministry and promised to work toward the development of well-thought-out and implementable recommendations that could assist the recovery of the industry.
Ghana’s timber industry provides jobs and incomes for numerous local communities, thus, government intends to aggressively pursue, to among others, enhance the living standards of the Ghanaian people at all levels.
The 11 member Committee consists of Hon. Andrews Adjei Yeboah, Dr Kwame A. Adam, Mr. John Allotey, Nana Dwoumoh Sarpong, Mr. Richard Nsenkyire, Mr. Edward Obiaw, Mr. Chris Berko.
The rest are Mr Alhassan Attah Madam Edith Abraquah, Mr. Peter Zorimezo, Mr Hugh Brown.