Cross River State has lost out the world leftover Afromecias species of wood to illegal timber loggers:

Gov. Bassey Edet Otu of Cross River State

Cross River State has suffered a significant loss as the world-renowned leftover Afromecias species of wood has been taken by illegal timber loggers. This species, known for its exceptional quality and beauty, has tremendous cultural and economic value for the state. Ambassador Godwin Apple, revealed this in a talk with some group members of the Cross River State Diaspora Group, CRID.

Amb. Godwin Apple revealed that, the illegal timber loggers have exploited the lack of proper regulation and enforcement measures, resulting in widespread deforestation and degradation of Cross River’s natural forests.

The leftover Afromecias wood situated in Aliforkpa in Yala LGA which was once abundant in the region, has been drastically reduced tonothing, putting the species at risk of extinction.

The loss of this prized wood has devastating consequences for Cross River State. Economically, the timber industry in the state suffers as the availability of high-quality leftover Afromecias species is severely limited. This results in reduced revenue generation and job opportunities for the local population, who heavily rely on the timber industry for their livelihoods.

Moreover, the loss of this unique species also has significant ecological implications. Afromecias species play a vital role in maintaining the biodiversity of the region, providing habitats for various flora and fauna. Their absence disrupts the delicate ecological balance, leading to potential environmental challenges such as soil erosion and loss of biodiversity.

To address this issue, urgent and comprehensive measures need to be implemented to prevent further illegal logging and protect the remaining Afromecias wood. This includes tightening regulations, improving enforcement mechanisms, and raising awareness about the importance of preserving this valuable species.

Efforts should also be made to promote sustainable alternatives to timber logging, such as the development of eco-friendly industries and the promotion of responsible tourism. These strategies can help in diversifying the local economy and reducing the dependence on timber exploitation.

Furthermore, a collaborative approach involving government agencies, communities, and environmental organizations is crucial to effectively combat illegal logging and restore the balance in Cross River State’s forests. Only through concerted efforts can we hope to preserve and protect the remaining Afromecias species for the future generations.

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