By Abba-Eku Onyeka
National President, Timber Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (TPPMAN), Chief Peter Ezeadua has appealed to the government at all levels to control deforestation in Nigeria.
Drawing government’s attention to the importance of forest in the economy, shortly after a joint meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT), National Executives (NEs) and members of the association in J.C. Best International Schools, Gwarinpa, Abuja, Ezeadua informed that in the 60s, timber which is produced from forests was contributing immensely to the economy in the country.
The national president added that, Nigeria is not only blessed with forests, but also with timbers that are rated to be one of the bests in the world in terms of quality and otherwise, stressing that if the sector is encouraged, it will among others, contribute substantially to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), reduce over-dependence in oil and create employment.
Appealing to the government for a land where the association will build its national secretariat in Abuja, Ozor Peter Ezeadua therefore advised his members to keep cooperating in order to achieve their aims of moving the organisation and the economy forward.
TPPMAN has a vice president from each geopolitical zone in Nigeria and three of them who similarly spoke on the importance of timber to the economy were: Hon Lambert Ogar, South South; Hector Olu Oyewole, South West and; Alaku Wilberforce, North Central.