Ondo continues screening of forest allottees - The Hope Newspapers

Ondo continues screening of forest allottees

Admin 19 Apr, 2017 Agriculture, News

By Lola Omowaye
Ondo State Government would today continue its verification exercise to identify and clear allottees in the forestry, as a way to restore orderliness to the Forestry.

To achieve this, allottees who have compartments in the Forest Reserves have been charged to bring all the necessary documents needed for clearance.

The Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Natural Resources, Mr Dally Salau made this known in a chat with The Hope in his office at the Ministry complex in Akure, the state capital, saying the time of lawlessness, and disobedience is gone.

He stressed that the verification became necessary in order to identify true owners of compartments, saying this would go a long way to putting a stop to the issue of encroachment in the Forest Reserve.

Salau said the Task Force has been able to impound some vehicles in the forest and on the roads carrying logs, while logging activities is still on hold. He warned that no logging activity should be carried out until the Forest reserves are reopened.

His words:’ A verification exercise is currently going on in the Forest Reserves. The government wants to know those that are allottees, who own compartments in the Forest Reserve. They would bring their papers. We would get their allocation papers, that are to justify that they are actually in the forest Reserve. People in the free areas could go about with their logging activities after they have gotten their permit.

I want to use this opportunity to advise our alottees to come out early for the verification exercise. They should bring out all the documents required for the exercise, so that they can be cleaned. So that the government would have a better position to formulate policies particularly in the forest reserve.

‘To avoid encroachment into the forest reserves, government has inaugurated the Task Force on forestry and Anti-Encroachment. They are put in place in the state to ensure that people do not move into the Reserves until they is reopened by the state government.’

‘The verification exercise is necessary as we cannot be operating in a state of anarchy, disobedience or lawlessness. We have to ensure that law, justice fairness, peace and equity are restored and obeyed in our Forest Reserves.’

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