The Ekiti Government has lifted the ban imposed on logging activities in some parts of the state, NAN reports.
The Commissioner for Environment in the state, Chief Bisi Kolawole, made this known on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti at a meeting with members of the state chapter of the Timber Traders Association of Nigeria.
NAN recalls that government had four months ago suspended logging activities in some areas to curtail persistent illegal activities of timber merchants in the area.
Kolawole said that government would no longer tolerate the unlawful collusion between fraudulent individuals and Forestry Officials.
He said the Forest Guards in the concerned local government areas had already been suspended and replaced.
The commissioner warned all stakeholders against engaging in acts detrimental to government’s plan to develop the state.
Kolawole said the lifting of the ban on logging activities must not be abused, warning that those caught attacking forest officers and other government officials performing their official duties would henceforth be decisively dealt with.
He also urged all stakeholders to ensure that all necessary permits were duly obtained before commencement of logging activities.
The arrangement, he said, would enable government to keep track of forestry activities in order to ensure proper replacement of the depleting forests as well as boost internally generated revenue.
Responding, the Chairman of Timber Traders Association, Mr Segun Akinola, pledged the cooperation of his members in the efforts to develop the state.
He added that members would abide by all extant forestry laws in the state.