The Timber Association of Nigeria Ondo State Chapter has appealed to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN to help reopen the Forest Reserves in the State which has been shut for a long while to reduce hunger among Sawmill workers.
The group made this pledge through its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Akin Philip while speaking with journalists in Ore, the Odigbo Local Government Area of the State on the decision of the State Government in shutting down Forest Reserves and nemesis posing to the latter as that is their only means of livelihood.
Mr. Akin Philip pointed out that since government has taken its decision, sawmill workers in the State have been wandering around, finding it difficult to fend for their families, thereby contributing to their incapability to oblige to their social responsibilities including their children’s school needs.
He reiterated further with empathy that if government could consider by reopening Forest reserves in the State, this would boost the economic system, create avenue for inter-states or bilateral trade as ever and also enable Sawmill workers to cater for their families especially as Yuletide season set in.
The spokesman of the Association while lamenting on adverse effects caused to all saw millers in Ondo State explained that each Saw Mill owners have been taking it upon themselves to provide them with essential items, and that this has being a burden to them in order for them not to indulge themselves in criminality and other social vices in the State.
Mr. Akin Philip on behalf of Ondo State Timber Association of Nigeria, therefore appreciated Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for taking security of Life and properties of citizens as one of his top most priority and promised to remain law abiding association for the current administration in the State.
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