Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director, Harrison Karnwea, has said that there is no ban on logging activities in the country as claimed by Senate Pro-Temp, Armah Jallah.
Mr. Karnwea was reacting to a statement recently made by Pro-Temp Jallah that logging activities have ceased due to a freeze on logging which was causing an economic setback in the country.
According to MD Karnwea, logging activities generated about US$7m last year and an increase in earnings from the sector is expected this year.
He disclosed that 10 forest management contracts are operating including Atlantic Resource, Lima Tango Tango, Charlie (LTTC), EJ&J, Alpha Logging Company, Euro Logging Company, ICC, and Gebro.
The rest are Bloquia Nuuzonea Forest, Gbee & Doru and Timber Sale Contract.
He also clarified that it requires money to prepare for companies to get to other areas where logging is not going on and budgetary allocation for the FDA is limited.
Putting out a bid requires money and with the agency’s limited budget, it is difficult to carry out the bidding process, said Karnwea.
He indicated that while he respects the Pro-Temp’s view on the issue, the Pro-Temp should know that logging activities are ongoing in the country.
It may be recalled that in the May 18 edition of this newspaper, Senate Pro-Temp Jallah registered his concern to Montana State Lawmaker, Dave Hagstrom, about the suspension of logging activities in the country.
Pro-Temp Jallah raised the concern when the lawmaker paid him a visit to discuss his interest in the energy sector of Liberia.
Jallah said because of the ban on logging activities in Liberia, roads built by logging companies are in deplorable conditions resulting to the lack of employment opportunities for Liberians.