Dr Clement Abasenab Apaak, Member of Parliament for Builsa South Constituency has turned down an invitation to appear before the Ministerial Committee set to investigate the illegal logging of rosewood in the country.
The MP cited the lack of credibility of some members of the committee to probe the scandals surrounding the ban of logging and harvesting of rosewood in Ghana.
The Rosewood smuggling committee chaired by a Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio, with a letter dated 7th October 2019, invited the Builsa South MP to appear before the committee and share his experience on activities if rosewood in his constituency, where the illegal logging gained prominence.
But in a letter dated 8th November 2019, Dr Apaak said, “I think it is inappropriate to task the same people implicated by the EIA report to look into their own case.
“With the exception of the Civil Society and Business Community representatives on the committee, the rest are drawn from the same institutions and entities said to be complicit in the illegal harvesting and export of the rosewood.”
” I cannot appear before a suspect serving as his own judge in his own courtroom.
“Based on the above reason, I wish to respectfully and on principle decline the invitation to appear to be for the committee, ” he said.
A full copy of the Letters
Source: terepublicnewsonlibe.com/Felix Nyaaba