Timber traders and contractors under the aegis of the Association of Timber Traders and Contractors (ATTC), have appealed to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to lift the ban on logging activities in the State.
They stated that the ban is affecting citizens, as more than 40 percent of the state’s working population depend on timber business for survival.
Furthermore, they condemned the destruction of the state’s forest reserve and its replacement with cocoa plantations.
A statement by the ATTC Chairman, Comrade Alaba Afere in Akure said the continued closure of the forest reserves and free area against logging activities has turned them into paupers.
Alaba said Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s policy on forestry was adverse, unpleasant and unproductive, noting that there has been no planned forest regeneration in the State in the last 40 years, even though monies have been collected from them for regenerating the depleted forest reserves.
“Giving an easy ride to fitching activities in the state by the present administration has adverse effect on the timber industry “.
“Farmers have gained uncalled access to the forest reserves which is not supposed to be. Their advance affects the regeneration of the forest thereby turning the forest reserve to cocoa plantations.”