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Osun Govt Inaugurates Forestry Joint Tasks Force To Curb Illegal Activities In Forest Reserves

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The newly inaugurated forestry task force team in Osun have been charged to curb any form of illegal demarcation, allocation and selling of government forest reserved land in the State.

The Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Hon. Sola Oladepo gave the charge at the inauguration of the joint taskforce team, held in his office.

Hon Oladepo according to the Press Officer, Toyin Adeoye, explained that the team is expected to arrest all perpetrators of illegal activities and prosecute them in a competent court of law in accordance with the state forestry laws and regulations.

While highlighting the roles of Forestry Joint Taskforce, he said they are saddled with the responsibilities of reinforcing registration and renewal of all lincences related to forestry activities as well as to respond to any emergency call on forestry matters.

According to him, all apprehensions must be safely kept at the nearest forestry office or police station for necessary adjudication by forestry department of the Ministry of Environment and Sanitation.

The forestry joint taskforce team Chairman, S.P Henry King said It is the responsibility of the team to safeguard all government reserved areas which include Shasha forest Reserve in Ile Ife, Ago Owu Forest reserve in Ikire, Oba Hill forest reserve in Ife odan Iwo zone, Ikeji /Ipetu Forest reserve in Owena, F3 Forest Reserve Ife, Ila government Teak plantation in Ila, Ede Fuel wood plantation in Ede, Olla plantation in Ejigbo and Eti Oni forest reserve in Ilesa zone.

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