The Ogun State Government has laid embargo on the illegal felling of tree, flitches (Alamole) in the State, and also restricted the movement of logs at nights especially between the hours of 7pm to 7am across the State.
The State Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Kolawole Lawal made this known while addressing Journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital, he said the restriction and bans should take place with immediate effect in order to check out the excess and illegal activities of some loggers at night.
Lawal said that vehicle conveying logs within the State must be duly registered and licenced with traceable documents from the Government and Drivers must be in possession of all relevant documents conveying the logs.
He further stated that flitches (Alamole) remained banned in the State, adding that all flitches from neighbouring State were expected to be covered with necessary certified permits and the driver of such vehicle must be with relevant documents at all time, otherwise the vehicle shall be impounded.
“You see, all these decisions are taken to checkmate unwholesome and illegal activities of some timber merchants, loggers, plank sellers and smugglers in the state to boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) drive of the State”. Commissioner said
He said loggers and timbers merchants plying their trades in the State were expected to abide by this directive, adding that all relevant Government Agencies and officials have been directed to ensure, enforce total compliance with immediate effect.