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Ogun Moves To Forestall Sabotage In Forest Reserves

Posted: Nov 23, 2015 at 5:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

Poised to forestall economic sabotage and illegal felling of trees, timber merchants and farmers operating in Areas J1, J3, J4 and J6 forest reserves in Ogun state, have been called upon to obtain their farmers’ agreement forms and identification documents for proper  identification in the forest reserves.

This call was made by the Ogun state Commissioner for Forestry, Kolawole Lawal during an interactive session with stakeholders in the state forest reserves.

According to the Commissioner, the step became necessary in order to identify illegal operators in the reserves and stem the tide of illegal timber operations urging the loggers and cocoa farmers to fulfil the registration obligation.

He added that the meeting was also to ensure that cocoa farmers and timber merchants were updated with government policies so that they could comply with the terms of engagement.

Lawal, who stated that “though the policies of the present administration was not to witch-hunt anybody”, warned that “farmers should desist from planting cash crops in the reserves especially planting of new cocoa trees as government would not hesitate to punish any farmer contravening the new agreement”.

In the same vein, the Commissioner warned plank sellers to desist from buying illegal flitches ‘Alamole’ from farmers saying such had been banned in the state adding “anyone found with flitches would be made to face the wrath of the law”.

Responding, the Chairman of Baales in Atun Adugbose Village, Chief Ogunde Idowu said farmers had been protecting the economic trees and preventing operators from planting new cocoa trees in the forest reserves.

Also speaking, the chairman of Plank Sellers Association in Ijebu Land, Alhaji Musafau Osibanjo, said plank sellers were ready to support the government in waging war against buying and selling of illegal flitches enjoining his members to cooperate and desist from dealing in the illicit business.