Osun State’s governor, Ademola Adeleke, has ordered all forestry consultants and permissions to be reinstated immediately.
Permits for plantation or forest reserve concession allocation, sawmill permits (both new and renewals), flinch sawn evacuation, timber and logs, hammering (or release), motor sawing (or access), forest reserve concession allocation, and Tungya farming system allocation were all put on hold and reviewed by the governor in early December.
The governor’s spokesman, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, issued a statement explaining the suspension, saying it followed an audit of the state’s tax collection agency.
However, Governor Adeleke sternly cautioned forestry companies and permit holders to maintain openness and honesty in their daily operations.
“Any forestry operator who violates operational regulations will be summarily removed from the field,” he continued.