In our expedition as a country to build a strong and vibrant business market requires the utilization of all prospective private sector engagement to create employment for the teeming youth…and such area is the Timber Industry. The Timber industry for some time now has not been able to maximize its value and productivity due to production challenges compelling many timber firms to leave the industry. The timber industry is one of the largest contributors to GDP and has done that since inception.
The private sector and the timber industry for that matter have since existence is the backbone of the country’s economy but the government has paid little attention to the sector and this has forced industry players especially in the Ashanti Region to quit business following high cost of productions, high energy consumption and human capital expensive.
Speaking to this news porter a member of the Ghana Timber Millers Association (GTMA) in the Ashanti region, Mr. Alhassan Ahmed said, the timber sector is indeed collapsing until the Forestry Commission and the government of Ghana comes in to sustain the industry, things will go bad especially in the era of the covid-19
According to the Managing Director of Logs Court Limited, they have been compounded with productions challenges, workers emoluments cost of productions and most importantly government bills, and market forcing many timber firms to put down their tools. Stressing further the world pandemic coronavirus has worsened the operations of the industry following the closure of the country’s borders. The industry is in difficult time’s needs immediate intervention by the government if not, the entire timber firms will collapse.
Mr. Ahmed noted that there will not be private sector without the timber industry, and if we determined on sustaining the timber industry, the Forestry Commission should bear with them by given them an ample time to enable them to pay their stumpage fees even though, they are oblique to pay their royalties to government…the GRA, SSNIT, IRA and other allied bodies should bear with them as the nation and the world for that matter struggle to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.
As the nation battled for the common enemy…covid-19, Mr. Ahmed reiterated that the outfit in their bid put in place strenuous safety measures where they have employed the use of the thermometer testing gun to check workers temperature and also provide enough alcohol hand-based sanitizers, face masks to all worker amidst enforcing the observation of the social-distances in their quest to avert the spread of the virus. He went further to caution the public not to relent on the fight of the virus but ensure the necessary protocols are properly observed to end the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.