Formal Western Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo has accused his successor, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, of involving in illegal logging in the forest reserves in the Region.
The former Minister has therefore advised residents in the Region not to trust Dr. Afriyies because the National Security and the Forestry Commission suspects he is part of the illegal operations in forest reserves.
Two weeks ago, the Sefwi Wiawso and Juaboso-Bia Forest Districts, in collaboration with the Ghana Arm Forces and the National Security operatives, embarked operations to battle illegal logging operators in the forest reserves in these two districts.
Some suspected illegal chainsaw operators and other personalities were arrested and sent to the Sefwi Wiawso District Police Command for further investigations and prosecution.
In the course of the investigations and possible prosecution, Dr. Afriyie, who is also the Member of Parliament for Sefwi Wiawso Constituency, allegedly ordered the leaders of the joint taskforce to end their operations with immediate effect since he was not aware.
“It is either the Minister was briefed but acted out of fear for his party folks who were arrested or he was not informed because the National Security doesn't trust him”, he explained.
He alleged that he has evidence that “the Western Regional Minister is part of the illegal activities in the forest reserves in the region that is the main reason why he was not informed of the operation".
Mr. Evans Aidoo called on the Minister to as a matter of urgency; render an unqualified apology to the National Security and the joint operation taskforce for he mishandled the situation and an action of betrayal which constitute a security threat.