Ogun State Ministry of Forestry has urged wood-utilising companies to ensure that they purchase their logs from accredited contractors for the production of goods, as the government would not condone any illegal dealings of wood in the State.

Commissioner in the Ministry, Engr. Taiwo Oludotun made this known during an enforcement tour to Okun-Owa in Odogbolu Local Government Area of the State, noting that several discrepancies were discovered in the logs, flitches and papers being presented for assessment.

Engr. Oludotun said visits to some companies had shown confirmation of unhammered logs in their premises, saying ‘’this  made it clear that they deal mostly with illegal logs’’.

He expressed displeasure at various illegal activities being perpetrated in the government’s forest reserves, particularly felling of trees without replanting, noting that the situation had affected the reserves to a large extent, as the present administration was making effort to reposition the reserves for future purposes.

The Commissioner commended the Forest Timber Processing Company for cooperating with the directive of the government, assuring of necessary support as well as enabling the environment for businesses to thrive.