Edo steps up action against illegal logging

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State says his government will step up action against illegal felling of trees as a step towards protection of the environment and battle climatic change.

Speaking yesterday at the inauguration of the Forestry Management Committee and Edo City Transport Service at the Government House, Oshiomhole said: “the challenge before you is enormous. It is not only about collecting revenue from those involved in logging. I think the first task is to protect our forest.
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“We need to protect our environment; if we don’t protect the forest, we could become part of the savanna. The issue of climatic change is real and the damage which people who fell trees for their own selfish reasons do to the environment is something that we must confront head-on. Ensure that our forests are not devastated by illegal felling of trees. We need to revisit the books and know what new laws we need in order to protect our environment”, he said.

On the Edo City Transport Service, Oshiomhole said “I trust as men and women of responsibility, you would be able to value to the management of the Transport sector. We are working hard to raise fund to increase the fleet so that we have more buses plying the city. They currently have one hundred buses and we intend to increase the number.

“It will be to your credit if we are able to achieve this. I ask you to scrutinize the management and ensure that they do the right thing. Ensure that the company is run efficiently and profitably. Ensure that there are no wastages and above all ensure that there are no intrigues such that will undermine the management”, he said.

Responding, the Chairman of Edo City Transport Service, Chief Sunny Uyigue thanked the government for the opportunity given to them to serve, and promised that they would strive to improve on the legacy of their predecessors.

On his part, the Chairman of Forestry Management Committee, Mr. Samson Abu assured that the Board would live up to expectation and work within the extant rules guiding forestry management.

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