The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Forestry, Hon. Benito Owusu-Bio, has admonished staff of the Forestry Commission (FC) to use the motorbikes he handed over to FC for the purposes for which the motorbikes were acquired. He said this when he inaugurated 70 motorbikes on behalf of Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources.

Hon. Owusu- Bio then handed over the bikes to the Forestry Commission to assist in the execution of the Commission’s duties. The Hon. Deputy Minister indicated that the Yamaha cross-country motorbikes are durable and need to be properly maintained to ensure its longevity.

He added that the motorbikes were purchased by the Government of Ghana through the Commission’s Internally Generated Funds (IGF), with approval from Parliament, with the sole aim of assisting Forest Range Supervisors in the various districts in Ghana in executing their duties.

He added that the Commission does not have the needed staff capacity to fully execute its job as such the few present need to be well equipped to ensure efficiency at work.

The Deputy Chief Executive, Mr. Nyadia Sulemana Nelson, on behalf of the Chief Executive of Forestry Commission, Mr. John Allotey thanked the Minister and said that it is not the first time FC is receiving such assistance. He emphasised that the work of FC is receiving new challenges as such, such assistance is very important to the Commission. He concluded by assuring the Hon. Deputy Minister that the motorbikes will be monitored to ensure that they are well maintained and requested for more assistance to make the job easier.