The Member of Parliament for Efutu, Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has denied the sale of the sacred forest used in the hunting of deer during the annual Aboakyire festival to some investors.
Some residents of Winneba in the Efutu constituency in the Central region took to the streets on Tuesday to show their displeasure over allegations of the possible sale of the Ramsar site in Winneba to some
investors for mining.
The concerned residents clad in red clothes say the site being given to the investor is the same site they use in hunting deer for the annual Aboakyire festival.
The demonstration comes months after the discovery of lithium in large quantities in Efutu and other parts of the Central Region was put before Parliament.
The residents warned that they would halt the operations of the mining company saying the exploration would destroy the reserve which has been there for several years.
Addressing the media, the Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament said such claims are untrue and must be disregarded. He accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of being behind the allegations.
Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin explained that government officials, including his office, will not sat unconcerned and allowed people to buy the sacred forest where the Efutu people go for deer hunting for the mining of lithium. He added that the NDC in my constituency has comeout with serious allegations and he simply want to say that the allegation is false.
According to Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin the Minerals Commission, two years ago stated the effect that such an application has not even been received by them, not to mention approving a company to mine lithium in that sacred forest. He is therefore assuring the people of Efutu and its environs that, there is no such thing.