The Member of Parliament for Builsa South Dr. Clement Apaak, has alleged that some persons are currently smuggling charcoal out of the country.
The legislator says the smuggling has become rampant because the commodity has become a source of energy in the country.
Aside from that, it is also serving as a raw material for the pharmaceutical industry locally and internationally.
He stated that charcoal is highly demanded both locally and externally because its traditional use as the source of fuel for many homes in the country has evolved to the level where they use it as the base material for pharmaceutical products such as toothpaste and medicated charcoal.
He described the situation as worrying indicating that it comes at a time when there have some revelations at the recent Conference Of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland where there was a resolution to keep the rise in global temperatures below 2c as adopted in 2015 by the United Nations (UN).
“When you see those trucks between Tamale and Kintampo, Kumasi, they are not bringing that charcoal for you and I to go and prepare tea, the charcoal is being smuggled out of the country. Once charcoal has gained another use, and it is a product of timber, you know what is going to happen,” he said.