Abeokuta - The Ogun government on Monday suspended activities at the J1 Forest Reserve, Ijebu Igbo, following the protest by saw millers and timber contractors in the area.
The protesters were the owners of the 50 lorries arrested by officials of the Forestry Ministry for involvement in illegal felling of tress in Omo forest reserve during the Easter period.
The commissioner for Forestry, Ayo Olubori, told newsmen in Abeokuta that he was shocked by the protest, describing it as ``despicable.''
He said the state government was prepared to tackle illegal tree felling, adding that the protest was aimed at frustrating government's effort in controlling illegal logging.
The commissioner, however, gave an assurance that the protest would not deter government, but rather strengthen its resolve to fight the menace adequately.
``We will sanitise the forestry sub sector to curb illegalities, especially in Ijebu-Igbo area.
``Our people are known to resist change, but on our part, we are resolved to put a stop to these uncharitable activities,” Olubori said.
The commissioner urged those involved to toe the path of peace and help government to create a conducive environment for meaningful development.
He said the money generated from the reserves and other sources would be used to provide social amenities.