A prolific and blunt writer from Damongo in the Savannah Region Mr Issifu Seidu Kudus Gbeadese has taken a swipe at Gonja Chiefs as well as Municipal and District Assemblies as being responsible for the destruction of the land and natural resources in the Gonja area.
Mr Gbeadese said the very stakeholders who are entrusted with the powers and responsibility to safeguard our land and other natural resources are the very people who have decided to destroy same resources with their own hands.
In a blunt and hard hitting feature titled “The Lost Fight Against Charcoal Burning In Gonjaland” Mr Gbeadese asked; “How many times has the Gonja Tradtional Council and the Jakpa Palace have not issued bans on these activities?” adding “but the same Gonja Traditional Council and the Jakpa Palace have their receipts issued to the burners the very time the ban was still supposed to be effective. What an irony!”
Kudus Issifu Seidu Gbeadese explained that the Jakpa Palace which is the symbol of authority and has the power to protect the Jakpa land, is itself implicit in this chain of destruction.
He also said all other palaces within the Gonja Kingdom (Wasipe, Buipe, Kpembe, Damongo, Bole, etc) are as guilty as “those bombaclats” who burn the charcoal.
Issifu Seidu Kudus Gbeadese also said the Municipal and District Assemblies in Gonjaland are neck-deep into these activities.
“Who can say he or she isn’t aware that these Assemblies collect revenues from these hewers of our woods? Who is not aware that all the palaces are equally taking money and proudly issuing receipts to these charcoal burners? I have even seen a receipt of the Gonjaland Youth Association at one time when we accosted the burners. So who are we deceiving?”; he said.
Mr Gbeadese added;
“The aforementioned stakeholders are those organizing themselves into committees and sitting at meetings over wine and tea to start a so call fight against same activities they are involved in. Are we serious?” future asking “Since the inception of the Savannah Region, how many committees has it set up so far? What work did they do that can be traced as a success story? How much was spent in getting these committees to work?”
“I, Issifu Seidu Kudus Gbeadese, is neither a pessimist nor a doomsayer, but I can bet with my last dime that this fight is just a rat race; no one would be caught and no one will be punished. We will be made to read recommendations and strategies while the people are cutting down our economic trees for this charcoal burning”; he bemoaned.