In furtherance of its resolve to sanitise operations in the State’s Forest Reserves, Ogun State Government has impounded six lorries, caught illegally transporting wood to neighbouring States, for commercial purposes.
The State Commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Tunji Akinosi, who intercepted the loaded lorries along Taungya, Osun Gate and Ogedengbe Control Posts, while on inspection tour to the reserves in Ijebu-Igbo area, ordered immediate arrest of the drivers.
Speaking with newsmen after the arrest, Akinosi said the arrested drivers would be prosecuted, maintaining that government would not renege on its decision to make more arrests until illegal felling of trees ends in the State.
“You cannot take laws into your hands, as trees in the reserves do not belong to individuals. There are laws to be followed if trees have to be felled and taken out of the reserve. Government is desirous in doing what is right and will continue to monitor human activities in reserves until acts inimical to the growth of the State is stopped”, he said.
The Commissioner expressed displeasure at the alarming rate of reduction in forest economic trees due to illegal felling, saying stringent measures were underway to preserve the existing trees, as well as replant more.
Accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Lateef Benson and other officials of the Ministry, Akinosi warned field officers against sharp practices, noting that anyone caught would face the consequence.
Press Officer, Ministry of Forestry.