Prime Minister holds meeting on abuses in the exploitation of timber

The Prime Minister of the Government, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, held an information and awareness-raising meeting on 4th October with operational personnel from the Ministry for Forests and the Environment, together with customs officials.

The aim of the meeting held in Bata was to instruct those called regarding the use of the timber resources from our forests as, according to Obama Asue, certain companies are felling trees without the consent of the Government, through bribery.

In order to prevent the disappearance of species, the Prime Minister gave instructions aimed at all personnel from the National Forestry Institute (INDEFOR), together with those from OFIPEF, as the bodies responsible for managing the care, control, planning and replanting.

In addition, Obama Asue called on those present to have a patriotic spirit and meet their obligations to ensure that the exploitation of national forests was carried out legally.

In another part of his speech, he said that income from the natural resources in the country must go to the State coffers, and not be used to benefit individuals.

Officials from INDEFOR and OFIPEF were called to an audience in Djibloho in seven days time, in order to submit reports to the Prime Minister, who at this meeting was assisted by the Governor of Litoral and the Secretary of State for Forests and the Environment.

After that, the building that is to be the headquarters of the Presidency of the Government in Bata was visited. The building is in its final phase, according to explanations from those responsible for the work.

Obama Asue was brought up to date on the progress of the work through information provided by the supervising company, and he then requested a written report on the end of the work.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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