Ondo State Commissioner for Natural Resources, Barrister Tunde Atere, has warned members of the public in the state to desist from impersonating any government official or face the wrath of the law.
Barr Atere gave the warning at the weekend during a meeting with Zonal Forest Officers and stakeholders of Timber Trade Organisation, TTO, in Owo in Owo Local Government area of Ondo state.
Atere, who stressed that he did not send any body to levy the saw-millers in the area, urged them to be vigilant and not fall prey to miscreants coming to extort money from them in the name of the commissioner or his officers.
He further said that when there is a strong and enduring collaboration between the timber people and the zonal officers, they will be able to deal with issues like flitchers taking over their business and extorting money from them unnecessarily.
He therefore called for a good synergy between both parties for more advantageous relationship.
The permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Prince Ade Okiki further implored them to bridge the communication gap between them , adding that when there is effective communication, no one will be able to infiltrate their camp.
He then told the stakeholders in TTO to look inwards and uproot those disrupting the unity being enjoyed by the organization, adding that the bad eggs planted among them must be exterminated for the organisation to enjoy freedom.
Recounting their plight in the hands of flitchers, the Chairman of TTO in Owo , Hon. Hon Bakare noted that flicthers have taken over the timber business and that they often go away with all the profits meant for the legal traders.
He further added that they disappeared on hearing of the commissioner’s visit to come back and taunts them when the commissioner goes back.
He therefore urged the ministry to sanction anybody guilty in the area of informing the encroachers of the commissioners visit and other actions of the Ministry.

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