Nigeria boots Chinese loggers

Nigeria boots Chinese loggers

LAGOS – A southern Nigerian state has ordered a Chinese timber firm to close down its operations for violating conservation laws, a government statement said yesterday.

The Cross Rivers State government last week directed Western Metals Products Company Limited (WEMPCO) “to close down all its forestry-related activities in the state”, after 12 years of operation. “WEMPCO, which started prospecting for wood in the state since 1992, has continued to operate in a most unsuitable manner and in contravention of extant forest laws and regulations,” the statement alleged.”Accordingly, WEMPCO has been given a period of 21 days within which to evacuate its plant, equipment and machinery from all forest reserves and or community in Cross River State,” it added.- Nampa-AFP”WEMPCO, which started prospecting for wood in the state since 1992, has continued to operate in a most unsuitable manner and in contravention of extant forest laws and regulations,” the statement alleged.”Accordingly, WEMPCO has been given a period of 21 days within which to evacuate its plant, equipment and machinery from all forest reserves and or community in Cross River State,” it added.- Nampa-AFP

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