The Bayelsa State Government says it will close its forests from Friday May 21 to Sunday May 30, 2021, in a bid to combat deforestation in the state.
The Commissioner for Environment, Iselema Gbaranbiri made the disclosure in a statement released to journalists in Yenagoa on Wednesday.
The Commissioner said the decision became necessary to put an end to the high rate of deforestation in the state and in accordance with the state’s forestry law 2006, under CAP F5 Section 41(1P).
He stated that during the period, if any individual or group of persons is found taking out timber from the state’s forest would be dealt with according to the law.
Gbaranbiri added that all law enforcement agencies and the public should take note of the new development and act accordingly.
It was learnt that the closure of the forest may also not be unconnected to the severe threat posed by illegal loggers whose activities expose communities in the state to tidal erosion and destroy the environment.
The loggers have consistently flouted the ban on logging and deforestation by the state government as they continue to plunder the forests daily.
Bayelsa State is said to have one of the largest mangrove vegetation in the Niger Delta and Nigeria.