Government Plans On Donating The Seized Rosewood To the National Cathedral Project - The government has decided to donate all rosewood seized by the state towards the National Cathedral project, since the wood is good for building and construction the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor, has said.

In the light of this, five solid containers of the rosewood which were seized at the Tema harbor by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority would become the first of such donations towards the National Cathedral project despite the government idea of encouraging citizens to wholeheartedly contribute their resources in the Cathedral 

“In addition to this decision by the government, the government has consolidated the rules to the existing ban on the transport of rosewood across borderline, public auctions for the domestic use of rosewood is not going to be taken for granted,” Mr. Jinapor said. 

Explaining to journalists some few days back during an evacuation of the consignment from the Global Container Terminal (GCT) just near the Tema Port, Mr. Jinapor also made it clear that until the government becomes fully satisfied that the National cathedral project has had enough of the rosewood, another measure to handle this issue is by donating any seized wood to other public institutions that may need it for their activities. 

“In the case in any point it becomes important to act on the public auction of the rosewood for local use, the public can however be assured that the process will be purely done with integrity since the lands and natural resources made up the property of the Ghanaian people,” he said. 

Mr. Jinapor was also escorted by his Deputy Minister, Mr. Benito Owusu-Bio; a Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr. Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu; the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Mr. John Allotey, and some executives from the Customs Division. 

How The Rosewood Were Seized

In June, this year, customs officials at the Tema port declared a detention awareness on the five containers carrying the rosewood after officials from the Energy Commission had ordered to detain the transport of suspicion that it contained charcoal meant for export without the right permit. 

The examination of the five containers however brought the banned rosewood, leading to the detention and subsequent investigation after the inevitable 30 days time limit as indicated in the customs regulations of their services. 

Following the evacuation to the Achimota Depot of the Forestry Commission, the minister asserted that the right and needed documentation on the consignments will be processed to make sure that the rosewoods are release to donate to the National cathedral project. 

How The Investigations Were Carried Out

He said investigations laid into those who seized the rosewood by the ministry brought about some individuals who engaged in the attempt to unlawfully transport the rosewood across borderline and the police service were alarmed to initiate criminal investigations into the matter. 

The minister, henceforth, didn't reveal any names of the individuals who attempted exporting rosewood illegally likewise the companies. He said however stated clearly in the ministry’s investigative report, saying, “we will put out the names at the appropriate time.”

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