Mr Taiwo Oludotun , Ogun Commissioner for Forestry, has warned village Heads in the government forest reserves not to indulge in unwholesome practices that may disrupt the activities in the forests.
The commissioner handed down the warning on Friday in Abeokuta while addressing Forestry officers of the Ministry .
Oludotun said that such village heads risk eviction and would be made to face the full wrath of the law if found culpable.
He listed the unwholesome activities to include, illegal felling of trees, destruction of trees for plantation of crops like cocoa, cola nut and illegal collection of flitches, noting that it would no longer be allowed.
He charged forest guards and other officials to be alive to their responsibilities by ensuring they keep a close watch on trees and other forest resources.
“Yes, it is true that government needs money to achieve its aim and objectives for the entire citizenry.
” At the same time, it can no longer continue to allow all sorts of unwholesome activities going on in the forest without checking them’’, he said,” he said.
In his submission, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Timothy Olatunji , reminded officials of the need to be up and doing in their day-to-day activities and ensure timely submission of reports to it.