Sunday, 29 December 2019

C'River state Govt locks down on wood logging, sets up monitoring team

The government of Cross River State, through the newly appointed task force on anti-deforestation placed a temporary ban on logging in the state. 

This was contained in a statement issued by the Chairman anti-deforestation task force committee, Mr. Odey Oyama. According to the statement, the ban on logging and conveyance of all Timber from Cross River State forest will last till January 2020 when further notice shall be issued. 

The statement also noted that "All defaulters shall be apprehended and prosecuted in accordance with the extant laws of Cross River State and the Laws of the Fedeeral Republic of Nigeria, as well as related International laws which Nigeria is a signatory. The kind coorperation of all relevant agencies of government is hereby socilited to ensure compliance". 

According to a related circular issued by the ATF, the following steps has been taken to ensure strict compliance to the temporary ban:

1. Dessignated professional field Officers of the Cross River State Forestry 
Commission will hence forth mount and take charge of all checkpoints across 
the State; and make reports pertaining to all contraventions to the Chairman of 
the new Anti – Deforesttation Taskforce and the HOLGA in the specific Local 
Government Area.

2. Duly certified Volunteers by the new Taskforce shall be deployed to give 
assistance at the checkpoints as shall be deemed necessary.

3. The checpoint operatives, consisting of the Forestry Commission Officers and 
the Volunteers, shall exercise all powers granted the new Taskforce to 
apprehend offenders and make seizures of all truckloads of illegal timber.

4.  By this notice it is hereby decalred that all monitoring groups that were set up by the previous Taskforce have ceased to function forthwith. 

5. Any person interfering with the operations of the certified monitoring groups or teams shall be declared an offender and appropriate legal action shall be taken against such persons in a court of competent jurisdiction.

It could be recalled that TDN had reported how Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State approved the appointment of Dr Odey Oyama, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state as Interim Chairman of the state anti-deforestation task-force.