Illegal Logging: NGO Ask Cross River Government For Details On Trailer With Illegal Timber

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By Ogar Monday

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A Non-Governmental Organization, Rainforest Resource, and Developmental Center, RRDC, has asked the Cross River State Government to furnish it with a detailed report of a fallen trailer in Ikom, laden with suspected illegal timber.

In the letter signed by Mr. Odey Oyama, the Executive Director of RRDC, and addressed to the Chairman of the Cross River State Forestry Commission, the NGO said the letter dated April 6th, 2022 was a follow-up to another letter informing the Commission of the truck and asking it to make investigations and take action.

The letter reads in part: “The Honorable Chairman would recall that RRDC informed your distinguished office of a consignment of a truckload of timber suspected to have been illegally sawn and transported through Ikom – Calabar Highway. The said vehicle containing the product was also reported to have broken down by the premises of the WEMPCO wood processing factory in Ikom. The said factory cited above is located a few poles away from the Ikom Bridge.

“Sir, you would equally recall that, in the evening of the same day, we further reported to your office that the said timber produce had been offloaded from the broken-down truck and the trailer head removed and taken away for repairs.”

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