The harvesting of tree-stumps from the Volta Lake is a blessing to the people of Asuogyaman, the district and its environs, and must be supported and encouraged for the good of the country.
It is a project with enormous social and economic benefits which far outweigh any other interests and parochial sentiments, Dr. Godfred Akyea-Darkwa, the Constituency Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said.
Dr. Akyea-Darkwah made the observation after touring the facility for first-hand information, and observation of the processes in logging the dead timber by the SHARC Harvester equipment to its haulage by a barge and tug-boat to land for trimming and processing into finished products.
He was full of praise for the brains behind the Kete-Krachi Timber Recovery Limited (KKTR) of Dedeso Holdings Incorporated, the firm undertaking the project and the government of Ghana for its foresight.
The Constituency Chairman, an academician, businessman and Advocate, observed that removing the tree-stumps from the Volta Lake will prevent or reduce fatalities caused by the stumps to residents by the lake who commute daily to transact different transactions on the lake, as well as those whose only means of transport is by the lake.
He said it is heartwarming to note that the stumps which have remained virtually useless in the Lake now become economic products not only for use locally, but perhaps more importantly for export to earn Ghana the much-needed foreign exchange to help maintain stability of the cedi and for national development.
Dr. Akyea-Darkwah said the employment by the KKTR Limited of scores of citizens – over 80% from the host communities – is worth mentioning, in addition to the scientific production of charcoal from the offcuts of the stumps by the company.
He made a passionate appeal to the chiefs, people and other residents of Asuogyaman to prevail on the few illegal Bamboo Fishermen who are resisting harvesting of the stumps, since the project’s potential is of national developmental importance.
The Chairman was accompanied on the tour by the Asuogyaman District Coordinator of NADMO, Mr. David Sosu, officials from the Asuogyaman District Assembly, and Executives of the NPP in the Constituency.