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We will resist attempt to exploit natural resources- Gonjaland youth warns


The Gonjaland Youth Association has vowed not to relent in their effort towards ensuring that the natural resources in the area benefit everyone. 

The Gonjaland youth association for some time now has been protesting against illegal chain saw operations and rose logs exportation from the area to outside Ghana.

At the 39th annual national congress of the association held last Saturday in Buipe in the Central Gonja district, the Gonjaland youth expressed worry about the lack of comprehensive mechanism in the managing of the natural resources in Gonjaland.

The youth are therefore calling for the adoption of a policy and innovative institutional mechanism to manage the natural resources well to the benefit of all citizens in the area.

A seven-point communique issued and signed by the General Secretary of Gonjaland Youth Association, Dramani Dari at the end of congress stated that, the youth resolve to curb the growing apprehension on transparency in which resources emanating from the land are being utilized and that measures are put in place to address discrimination in the lease of land to natives and non-natives. 

The youth also resolve to bridge the gap between the Gonja traditional leaders and the elite class to ensure a positive partnership in the development drive of the various communities.

The youth said they will collaborate and to ensure that all traditional areas in Gonjaland establish transparent and inclusive customary land secretariat that would serve as the main vehicle for guiding land management process.

On preservation of wildlife resources and forest in the area, the youth resolve to embark on a sensitization and education to bring a complete change in the attitude to ensure appreciation and importance of forest and wildlife resources by all inhabitants with actions to guarantee sustainable management of the land.

The communique call on government to put in place comprehensive measures that would ensure livelihood empowerment and development of the youth in Gonjalnad.

The youth also affirm their commitment to collaborating with the chiefs and government to direct investors to Gonjaland to begin the exploration of the untapped mineral resource deposits in the land n other to create  create employment opportunities for national development.

Any deliberate collaboration among some individuals, some chiefs and other bodies or agencies who are bent on abusing the trust imposed on them to exploit all the natural resources with impunity in Gonjaland will be resisted, the communique adds. 



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