It was in the year 2019 that, a Chinese national, Helen Huang, who came to be known as the rosewood queen in Ghana was arrested and finally deported to her country after jumping bail.
In her illegal rosewood trade, one company that came to be associated with the rosewood queen is BrivyWelss, located at Yipala near Damongo in the Savannah Region where the company bought the rosewood and the Paapa tree logs from the local chainsaw operators, processed them and exported the wood to China.
After her deportation and subsequent closure of the company on 10th May, 2019, on the orders of the then Savannah Regional Minister, Salifu Adam Braimah, the company later resurfaced with a different name which came to be known as Zagos New Style Company Ltd, with the same modus operandi of dealing in illegal rosewood and Paapa trees.
But, ghenvironment.org can confirm that, the rosewood company has been closed down again.
Speaking to the media, the assembly man for the Yipala-Nabori Electoral Area, Hon. Iddrisu Abdul-Rahman Balori disclosed, that the chiefs and people of his area ordered for the closure of the firm since the company had been in operation illegally over the years.
He further made available copy of a letter to the media that has been handed over to the company to halt its operations in the area.
Portions of the letter reads “I wish to stand on a memorandum reached after a community stakeholder meeting to convey that you stop operations in the community forthwith. This has become necessary due to information received by stakeholders of the community from sources within the municipality that you are operating without a permit from the assembly. An act which is against the laws of Ghana and the municipal assembly".
The letter further indicated that, there was no formal engagement with the community before the company started operation, a situation which didn't afford the community the opportunity to review the operations of the company and its Corporate Social Responsibility thereof.
The Savannah Regional Minister, Mr Saeed Muhazu Jibril in a speech during his assumption into office on Monday promised to tackle the rosewood and charcoal burning menace which he said was the main subject matter during his vetting session in Accra.
He promised to meet the REGSEC and other agencies within one month starting from 15th March 2021 to 15th April 2021 with those involved in the activities of charcoal burning and rosewood cutting to convey out of the forest reserves what they have already cut down after which the security services would arrest anybody who would continue with the logging activities in the Region.
Meanwhile, Mr Seidu Jeremiah of Jaksally Development Organization, an NGO that is championing the crusade against the harvesting of rosewood and charcoal burning has welcomed the news of the closedown of the factory.
Zion Abdul-Rauf- Damongo