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Governor Obaseki Bans Forest Reserves Exploitation In Edo

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has banned all forms of forest exploitation within and outside the forest reserve in the state, AllNews reports. 

Osarodion Ogie, a Secretary to the State Government disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday in Edo.

According to him, he said the governor gave the directive as part of efforts to curb deforestation and protect the state’s forest assets.

The statement read, “It is hereby announced for the information of the General Public that all forms of forest exploitation in the State have been banned with immediate effect, until further notice.

“Consequently, movement of logs through land and rivers in the state is hereby prohibited.

“Law Enforcement Agencies are, by this announcement, directed to be at alert as offenders are to be arrested and prosecuted in line with the provisions of the Forestry Law.”

Correspondingly, the Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Omoua Alonge Oni-Okpaku, who confirm the new development said that this was in line with Section 41 (1) (2) and 44 (1) and (2) of the Forestry Law.

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According to the Commissioner, “Timber licensees, saw-millers and timber contractors are hereby informed that all permits to exploit forest produce within and outside forest reserves expired on June 30, 2018.”

“In view of the above, all forms of forest exploitation and logging activities within the forest reserves and ‘free areas of the state are hereby suspended with immediate effect,” she said.

Oni-Okpaku noted that development relating to the expiration of permits and suspension of forest exploitation would be communicated to the concerned stakeholders on a subsequent date.

Recall that the state government shut down burrow pits in the state recently, citing threat to the integrity of the environment, the danger of flash floods and the need to avoid health hazards.

The government announced the shutdown on August 2, noting that the move became necessary in order not to predispose the state to environmental hazards.

In a statement, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainability said, “for the information of the general public and in particular, the owners and operators of burrow pits, haulage operators, tipper drivers and other stakeholders, that all operations of burrow pits are shut down with effect from Thursday 2nd August 2018.”

She added that the directive is to enable the state government to “re-evaluate and re-certify the sites to ensure that they do not constitute hazards and environmental degradation,” and urged owners and operators of the pits to report to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainability for re-certification and subsequent inspection of their sites.

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