The Ghana National Petroleum Authority has approved an amount of GHS 1.5M to be awarded towards the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the paramount chief of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area.
The said amount donated to the Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin is meant to be used for the environment and greening and would be paid over a period of three years.
The donation has however raised a lot of eyes brows as some concerned citizens have questioned the existence and relevance of the forestry commission if donations are being made to the Okyehene to perform the functions of the commission.
One of such persons against the move of the GNPC is Member of Parliament for Yapei Kusawgu Constituency in the Northern Region, Hon. John Jinapor.
According to him, the GNPC must provide details on the kind of trees the Okyehene would be planting and state if the traditional leader would be collaborating with the Ghana Forestry Commission in executing the project.
“Well on this particular case, the GNPC must come clear and provide proper and comprehensive details on the project, what exact trees would the Okyehene be planting, how are these trees going to be sustained? Is it from the state coffers or through sponsorship from the Akyem Abuakwa traditional? ”
He further quizzed if the move by the GNPC meant the Ghana Forestry Commission was incapable of executing its duties as the Okyehene would be performing the duties of the commission.
Abu Jinapor says that move is unacceptable.
“For what purpose is the Okyehene planting trees? What happened to the Ghana Forestry Commission? Is that to say the commission is no longer ineffective or incompetent to execute its function? These are critical questions we must ask as citizens. Imagine another paramount chief decides to provide security than you ask what is happening to the Ghana Police Service. This is unacceptable”
Story by: Elliot Ayertey Nuertey | universnewsroom.com