The Ondo State Governor, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Friday March 3, 2017 banned logging activities in the 18 local government areas of the state. The Ondo helms man gave the order in Akure, the state capital.
A statement by Mr Toyin Akinkuotu, the state Head of Service, said that the ban was with immediate effect.
The governor also dissolved all taskforce on forestry and related matters.
He directed law enforcement agencies and forestry officials to ensure strict compliance with the directives.
‘‘This development is coming on the heels of reported illegal exploration activities going on in forest reserves across the state.
‘‘The illegal activities have resulted in loss of huge revenues by the state government,’’ he said.
Ondo State has a forests reserve covering a total area of about 3,200 sqkm. Some of the forests reserves in the state are Akure Ofosu Forest Reserve, a globally accepted world protected area covers 394 km2 (152 sq miles); Ogbesse , Ose Ifon, Okeluse and Omo-Shasha-Oluwa forest and Idanre forest.