The Edo State Government has sealed 23 sawmills for being in possession of 279 logs believed to have been harvested in the state without permission from the authorities.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Sustainability, Lucky Wasa, disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Benin on Tuesday.
Mr Wasa, who said the logs were cut and taken away from the state’s forest reserves at odd hours, vowed that the culprits would be brought to book.
He also said that forest officers and uniform field staff would henceforth be running shifts to curtail activities of illegal loggers.
He called on sawmillers and lorry owners not to accept illegal logs, stating that the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on any defaulter.
The permanent secretary solicited the support of sawmillers and timber contractors in the state to partner with the state government in its afforestation programme.
He further disclosed that the head of Log Control in the state and his team intercepted 242 logs being carted away to a neighbouring state.
The logs, he said, were stolen from the creeks of Edo.
According to him, the recovered logs are currently in the custody of the marine police.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...