My name is Salisu Fuseini. I have been working for Mere Plantations for a little over 8 years now. My job is Patrol Team Leader. I love going to work, every day is different. We have our basic functions that need to be performed each day but there is always variety.

Working for Mere Plantations allows me to know that I have security of income. This allows me to provide for my immediate as well as extended family. I was born and brought up in Offinso, Abrokyire. I still live there with my wife, and 5 children.

My children attend the same school I attended. Opportunities for secure employment in rural Ghana are few and far between. I have tried to show reliability and honesty to Mere Plantations, they have shown the same back to me. I am proud to wear my Mere uniform and represent the company within my community.

As well as protecting Mere Plantation’s land, our remit covers Mere’s insistence to be a good neighbour. This translates into us also incorporating patrols of the natural forests and Forestry Commission land. I also help educate people living in the forests about the dangers of fire and unattended cooking. Most forest fires are started by accident.

Tuesday 12th May 2020 

08:00 daily meeting with patrol teams. Mapped out areas for patrols and allocated teams. Issued individual assignments and paired up on motorbikes. The company has just added 3  new 250cc off road bikes for us. I am lucky enough to have one of these.

Each team has 3 compartments to patrol today. The compartments are all over 250 acres, so  take some time to patrol. Our site has around 65 Kilometres of internal roads and fire rides.  Covering such a large area takes time. For my patrol today, I visited the compound in  compartment 31. The security guard there reported no issues, so had a 5 minutes chat and  moved on.

Patrolled the rest of my designated area. The main thing we are looking for is illegal farmers  trying to cultivate crops within the forest reserve, and any signs of illegal logging. As we have  large and effective patrol teams, we have very few problems.

I then set off for Kwapanin to meet the rest of the teams. This is a small village conveniently  located between site A and site B. I took reports from all teams, filled in the logs, and  discharged the staff for the day.

Wednesday 13th May 2020 

 Daily meeting at 08:00 as usual. Patrols assigned and allocated. One of the bikes needed a  puncture repairing, so had mechanics deal with that whilst we had our daily briefing.

I decided to patrol site B today, I hadn’t been there for about a week. I also wanted to visit  the logging teams in compartment 47, as well as the sawmill we have off reserve. All security were in their positions, no issues at all were reported. Our logging area was busy, so made  the notes and moved out of the way.

Completed all other compartments in my schedule and headed to Kwapanin to meet the rest  of the teams. Allocated 2 teams to conduct unscheduled night patrols that night. Checks to  make sure all security at their posts. Also monitor any vehicle movements in the vicinity of  our land.


Thursday 14th May 2020 

Morning meeting as normal. On the patrols the previous night our teams had gathered  information that there may be some illegal loggers planning to operate in the vicinity of one  of our compartments. Sounded odd as this compartment contains very young trees. We  always take information like this very seriously. Gathered 3×2 man teams, including my team  and headed for the compartment in question.

After a detailed inspection, we found illegal loggers had been at work but that this was not  on our land. It was on an adjacent piece of land. Called the local Forestry Commission teams  and reported the information. Within the forest reserve, all teams and Forestry Guards  constantly share information and intelligence.

All teams then proceeded to the Nursery site at Abofour. Met up with the maintenance  teams, other workers and all nursery workers. They are a useful source of information for  anything strange they may have come across within the plantation. There was nothing  material to report.

Friday 15th May 2020 

08.00 Friday meeting with my teams and all other teams employed by Mere Plantations. Each  week, depending on the time of year we meet to discuss the weeks events. We discuss the  next weeks plans, and we all submit our weekly report to the management. That is then put  into an agreed format for the weekly report to the head office in the UK. Directors from the  UK visit often but need accurate and detailed information weekly at least. They also receive  a daily update report from the plantations.

Assigned teams their patrols for the day. We had received information about illegal farmers  looking to plant a farm within the reserve. One team went to find them and warned them off.  There were no signs a farm had been started, or any planting done. Told them to move on  and not to try and enter any Mere Plantations land. They left without argument.

As the rains are now back, this is the prime time for people setting up illegal farms. Our patrols  showed no incursions into Mere Plantations land. We all agreed at our day end meeting to  rota daily night patrols. Lights can be seen for several miles at night and sound travels better.  We also decided to ask the local police and local residents to inform us if they see any new  people in the area.

Took a late-night patrol to the site being cleared. Made sure the security team were onsite  with the bulldozers, tractors and diesel store. All correct, and no issues to report.

That ended another week. I spent the weekend seeing my family and catching up with the  children. We always enjoy eating and spending time together at the weekends.


  • Held daily meeting with the rest of the Patrol Team staff to map out areas to be patrolled for the day.
  • Delegated patrol assignments – paired staff per bike
  • Each bike of paired staff per 3 Compartments
  • Conducted a pre-ride check list of all the bikes
  • Visited Site A yard to ensure Security at post
  • Patrolled my assigned areas with my paired rider
  • No sign of illegal activity
  • Met with rest of the Team at Kwapanin to conduct end of day roll call & take reports
  • Ensured bikes were returned to the station & secured
  • Submitted daily Team attendance report & activity to the General Manager (GM)

    WEDNESDAY 13 MAY 2020

  • Held daily meeting with the Team on areas to be patrolled for the day
  • Delegated patrol assignments
  • Conducted pre-ride check list of bikes.
  • One bike required tyre repair, which was quickly done
  • Visited Site B yard & Logging Site to ensure that Security men were at their posts
  • Patrolled my assigned areas
  • No sign of illegal activity
  • Met with rest of the Team at Kwapanin for roll call & reports
  • Bikes returned to the station & secured
  • Submitted daily Team attendance report & activity to the General Manager
  • 2 paired teams led by Deputy Team leader assigned to random weekly Night patrol duty, mainly to ensure that Security men at various sites are at post & alert


  • Daily meeting with Team – discussed tip off from informant regarding suspected illegal chainsaw activity around Compt 17
  • Delegated assignments
  • Conducted pre-ride check list
  • Led a Team of 3 paired bikes to Compt 17 to investigate tip off
  • Turns out area of illegal chainsaw activity was out of our jurisdiction but culprits bolted anyway, when they heard us approaching
  • Patrolled assigned areas
  • Visited Nursery to ensure Security at post
  • Met with rest of the Team at the Nursery for roll call & reports
  • Bikes returned to the station & secured
  • Submitted daily Team attendance report & activity to General Manager

FRIDAY 15 MAY 2020

  • End of week pep talk from General Manager & platform to discuss issues/challenges experienced during the week
  • Updates on uniforms discussed & clothing measurements taken by GM
  • Roll call & delegation of assignments
  • Pre-ride checklist
  • Patrolled assigned areas
  • Met with informants at Asuboi
  • Followed up on tip off of possible attempt at illegal farming in Compt 14
  • 1 suspected illegal farmer seen, confronted & warned off. He was planning to find an area within the compt but didn’t get the opportunity to start a farm
  • Thorough patrolling of area yielded no sign of illegal farm or activity
  • Met with rest of the team at Kwapanin for roll call & reports
  • Bikes returned to station & secured
  • Submitted daily Team attendance report & activity to GM
  • Random Night patrol with 2 paired bikes at Dozer site to ensure Security at post & alert