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The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has granted an eight-day waiver for the evacuation of perishable agricultural produce like tomatoes, vegetables, plantains and Bananas within forest reserves across the state.
According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, the period of waiver would relieve operators in the forest value chain from suffering incalculable losses.
It further said that loaded trucks of timber should be moved out of the reserves within Thursday 17th of October till Friday, 25th of October, while processed cocoa beans and ripe cocoa pods should be harvested and moved out of the forest reserves within the same period.
The statement further noted that the intervention was necessary so as to prevent great economic loss and untold hardship to the operators in the reserve.
Talabi said that government would continue to monitor and review situations in the reserves for effective utilization and sustenance of the forest.
According to the SSG, the state government expects total compliance from the Forest operators and seeks cooperation of all stakeholders for the maintenance of peaceful coexistence within the period stipulated, adding that the action by the state government, shouldn’t be misconstrued as lifting the suspension order.
The statement also disclosed that the state government is currently consulting with stakeholders with a view to implementing long lasting and sustainable solutions to manage forest reserves across the state.