By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Chairman of the Boki Local Government Council, John Ewa has issued a 3-week ultimatum to illegal loggers operating in the council area.
And, in what seemed more like a call to action, Mr. Ewa in a statement credited to him said he will engage on a 4-day #SaveBokiForest tour slated for May 25 to 29, 2021 and invited indigenes across the world to join him in the program.
“This move became pertinent as the ongoing dastardly deforestation, worse of its kind in the history of Boki is beginning to raise tensions of imminent communal conflicts. The Boki Forest is near empty and this does not in any way translate to development of the local government,” the statement read.
It continued: “I want to go around Boki and mobilize communities to completely stop any logging or timber activity in the local government. I am prepared to suspend every Chief and stop their stipends if they allow logging to continue in their forest.”
Government agencies have been accused of been complicit in the matter and Mr. Ewa did not spare the Cross River State Forestry Commission.
“Forest management is the primary responsibility of forestry commission and since all governments agencies have failed us, it’s time to rise up, take back our forest and preserve it. After this exercise, woods, vehicles and machines used for evacuation of woods will be seized and destroyed,” Ewa said.
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