Governor Ben Ayade

By Obio Monday

 

Ben Ayade, the governor of Cross River State has denied reports that he has lifted the ban on logging of woods in the state.

 

The governor made this known on Friday in a statement by his Deputy Press Secretary, Linus Obogo.

 

The governor vowed to deal with appointees and other persons involved in illegal logging of wood in the state.

 

The statement read:

The attention of the state government has been drawn to reports in some online news portals to the effect that His Excellency, Ben Ayade, has lifted the ban on wood loggings in the state.

 

We wish to state categorically that the reports are not only mischievous but a gross misrepresentation of the outcome of the meeting held on Thursday, August 4th, 2023 with various stakeholders in the management and preservation of our forests across the state.

 

Specifically, the meeting which was presided over by the Chairman of Cross River State Forestry Commission, was to enforce His Excellency’s directive to henceforth seize every illegally sawed timber/logs and compel offenders to face severe penalty, including payment of fines.

 

Government wishes, therefore, to emphasize that the prohibition on logging/sawed woods and timber is still in force, as anyone, including government appointees caught contravening the banning order will be severely dealt with.

 

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