Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu

There is renewed pressure on government to reconsider its decision to give out Atewa forest for Bauxite mining.

As a condition for the two billion dollar Synohydro deal, government has given out the Atewa forest to a Chinese firm to mine bauxite.

A Coalition of NGOs for the conservation of Atewa Friday petitioned Parliament over the matter.

Spokesperson for the Coalition, Daryl Bonsu said the forest reserve is a source of water for about five million Ghanaians and home to over 100 endangered species and therefore it must be protected.

Mr. Bonsu stated that the Coalition is also exploring legal action to compel government to abandon its move.

The Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who received the petition assured the Coalition that the necessary action will be taken on it.

He however is of the view that, the issue should not be about the mere exploration of the forest but rather how it is done so as to sustain it and the environment.

President of the Musicians Union of Ghana, MUSIGA, Byce Osei Kuffour also known as Obour, who is a goodwill Ambassador for Save Atewa also expressed the need to conserve the forest.

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