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Group raises alarm over destruction of Cross River pristine rainforest

The Rainforest Resource and Development Centre (RRDC) has raised an alarm over the alleged destruction of the Olulumo Effi-Okuni Pristine Rainforest by unidentified Chinese nationals in Cross River State.

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Pre-matured woods allegedly cut down from the pristine forest in Okuni community

The group called for urgent attention of government authorities at all levels to intervene in the imminent ecological crisis unfolding in Olulumo Effi – Okuni Pristine Rainforest.

According to RRDC, the pristine rainforest, which has long served as a sanctuary for biodiversity and a source of livelihood for local communities, is currently under severe threat from unidentified Chinese nationals in collaboration with local accomplices.

A statement signed on behalf of the group by the Executive Director, Odey Oyama, and made available to EnviroNews, reads: “The exploitation of the Effi Pristine Rainforest by these entities is resulting in wanton destruction, indiscriminate deforestation, and irreversible damage to the delicate ecosystem. Immediate action is imperative to prevent further devastation.

“RRDC condemns the complicity of community elites and the silence surrounding this ecological plunder. We urge community leaders to break their silence and join efforts to protect our shared heritage.

“Efforts to uncover the truth behind these nefarious activities have been met with resistance and secrecy, highlighting the urgent need for government intervention, we therefore call upon the Local Government, the Cross River State Government, and the Federal Government of Nigeria to invoke the necessary measures to halt the destruction of Effi Pristine Rainforest and hold perpetrators accountable.”

RRDC further appealed for the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act to unveil the agreement enabling the destructive operations, ensuring transparency and accountability.

The statement further reads: “It is imperative that immediate action is taken to restore and preserve the Effi Pristine Rainforest for future generations, reaffirming our commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable development.

“The Rainforest Resource and Development Centre (RRDC) remains steadfast in its mission to protect and preserve our natural heritage. We implore government authorities to act swiftly to avert this ecological crisis and safeguard the Effi Pristine Rainforest for the benefit of present and future generations.”

By Tina Ezin 

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