The Timber Traders Association in Nsukka, Enugu State, has described the recent passage of the law prohibiting sale of timber and timber products outside the local- government-approved market for timber dealers in the area as historic for their members.
Its Chairman, Chief Mike Ugwunaeze, while explaining to Daily Times applauded the new law passed by Nsukka legislative council and said that he was optimistic that the law would stop indiscriminate setting up of timber sheds in Nsukka Local Government Area.
“The legislation will compel all the erring timber dealers in all the unapproved areas to move to the timber shed approved for us by government located on Enugu road, opposite Fen Park junction, Nsukka.
Ugwunaeze, in company of members of the association, said that they were happy with the law, promising to support the government in ensuring that his colleagues adhere to the law.
“As at now, there are government unapproved timber sheds in Ibeagwa-Ani, Obukpa, Ede-Oballa, among others, but if this law is implemented it will bring dealers of timber and timber products to one place.
“All the members of Nsukka Timber Association supports this new law in its entirety”, he said
Daily Times recalled that at the plenary of the Nsukka legislative council, the leader, Hon. Celestine Ogbu, said the new law would make it an offence for anybody to set up timber shed in other parts of the council area outside government-approved timber shed.
Ogbu stressed that the council would not hesitate to prosecute offenders by compelling them to pay a fine of N100, 000 or face six months imprisonment.
He said, “The indiscriminate setting up of timber sheds in this council is improper thereby allowing shops in government approved timber shed to be wasting ,’he said.
Ogbu further said the council would ensure executive assent to the bill, as well as ensure its implementation
“I commend the house committee on works and information that sponsored this bill for their good initiative.
“I thank my colleagues for their useful contributions during the debate and committee stage which made it possible for the bill to be passed as a bye-law,” he said.
Hon. Thomas Onyishi, representing Edenta ward and Hon. Chika Ugwuja representing Edem ward respectively moved and seconded the motion for the bill to be passed into law, respectively.