General News Wed, 31 Jan 2001

Offinso MP expresses concern about illegal timber felling.

Mr. Kwabena Sarfo, MP for Offinso South has expressed concern about the increasing illegal felling of timber in forest reserves in the Offinso district.

Speaking at an NPP victory rally and fund-raising at Offinso last Sunday, Mr Sarfo regretted that, the vast virgin forest of the district is being depleted at an alarming rate by the activities of chainsaw operators and timber contractors.

He urged the ommunities, security agencies and personnel of the forestry services division to be vigilant and expose the perpetrators.

The MP observed that education is the key to development and employment and advised parents to offer their children good education.

Mr Sarfo advised teachers in Offinso not to engage in private business and other activities at the expense of their professional duties.

"It is regrettable that only one candidate throughout the Offinso district obtained aggregate six in last year's Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)."

Mr Kwadwo Owusu-Badu, constituency chairman of the party advised the supporters to be patient and allow the government to plan effectively to revive the country's shattered economy.

He urged them to continue to offer their unflinching support and loyalty to the party and the government to ensure effective socio-economic development.

The Reverend Father Jacob Tadie-Adomako, Parish Priest of Maase-Offinso Saint Agnes Catholic church advised the country's leaders to be humble, honest and truthful and asked God's blessings and guidance for them.

Mr Sarfo had earlier addressed the Abuasu Zongo community, advising them to co-operate and assist government in its programmes, irrespective of their political and ethnic affiliation.

Source: GNA