Ogun State Ministry of Forestry has barred unregistered contractors, articulated vehicles and tractors in its forest reserves across the State, to curb illegalities and unwholesome activities being perpetrated by some unscrupulous elements.
Commissioner in the Ministry, Engr. Taiwo Oludotun, who also warned the forest guards and other officials of the Ministry not to connive with illegal operators, said erring culprits would be sanctioned, commending the diligent officers who had been discharging their duties accordingly as adequate reward awaits them.
Engr. Oludotun gave the directive in Abeokuta while addressing major stakeholders in the forestry sector, noting that any individual or group violating the instruction would be made to face the wrath of the law.
The Commissioner, who frowned at the monumental damages often created by the perpetrators to the forests and resources contained therein, stated that the government would not fold its arms and watch those whom he termed “enemies of the society” destroy the State’s natural resources.
He said, “This unwholesome behavior must be checked. If it should continue like this, the government forest reserves would go into extinction in 10 to 15 years to come”.
Oludotun commended the hardworking officers who had been discharging their duties accordingly, imploring them to keep the flag flying.
Earlier in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Rotimiolu Akinlesi admonished the management and staff of the agency to brace up for the task ahead, saying an on-the-spot assessment of forest reserves would soon be carried out.