The Forestry Commission (FC) has organized its 10th Annual Chief Executive’s End of Year Briefing & Staff Recognition Awards Ceremony at Tamale in the Northern Region. The event was attended by the Deputy Minister in charge of Lands and Forestry at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources ( MLNR) , Hon. Benito Owusu Bio; FC Board Chairman,Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II; Chief Executive, Mr. John Allotey; Representative of Yaa Naa, Naa Bakpem, Kar Naa Abdulai Natogmah ; Prof. Seidu Alhassan, University of Development Studies (UDS), Board members, Executive Management Team and staff.
Madam Stella Sankah, Human Resource Manager for Wildlife Division, delivering the welcome speech on behalf of Mrs. Anne Brown, Director HR, mentioned that the CE’s End of Year Award scheme is not for long serving staff but the hardworking ones. The recognition award is a source of motivation for Forestry Commission staff and admonished all staff to be punctual at work in 2023 as well as put on their uniforms on the required days.
The Chairman for the FC Board, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, encouraged all staff of the Commission to work hard so they can receive an award during their service in the Commission. He asked awardees to be mentors to other colleagues to increase productivity in the sector.
Professor Seidu Alhassan congratulated the Ministry for Lands and Natural Resources and Forestry Commission for the inception of the Green Ghana Project which has had a positive impact on Ghana. He mentioned that the institution has established a West Africa Shea Centre, to improve on the shea value chain in Ghana and have identified the Forestry Commission as one of its key stakeholders. He expressed the hope that the Commission will support this initiative.
The Chief Executive commended all staff for the great work done during the year under review. He also touched on some of the achievements of the Commission during the year under review. These were; health awareness programmes; staff training; health walk; financial budgets; inauguration of the Audit Committee; appointment of Mr. Hugh Brown as Executive Director of Forest Services Division; Green Ghana Project; progress made in the fight against illegal mining and illegal logging; purchase of motor bikes for range managers, 4th World Teak conference and other notable achievements.
He emphasised that while staff make merry in this festive season, they must remember to rest because 2023 is an action year.
The Deputy Minister, Hon. Benito Owusu Bio, commended the Forestry Commission for organising the programme to honour prominent achievements of hardworking staff at all levels which serves as a motivation and inspiration for awardees. He congratulated all awardees for their hard work and dedication.
He admonished all staff to stay focused and work together as a team to make the coming year even better than this year.
Awardees were presented with citations and other prizes