JUBA – The governor of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state Emmanuel Adil Anthony has banned cutting of logs in all counties of the state where the country’s capital is located, according to a gubernatorial decree extended to Sudans Post.
Cutting of logs has been one of illegal practices that threatens deforestation in the world’s youngest country.
In a decree, Governor Anthony said the practice is illegal as of October 9, 2020.
“In exercise of powers conferred upon me by Republican Decree No.51/2020 of the President of the Republic of South Sudan, read together with article 99 (2) (L) of the Transitional Constitution of Central Equatoria State, 2012 (as amended); I, Emmanuel Adil Anthony Wani, Governor of Central Equatoria State do hereby issue this Gubernatorial Order to ban cutting of Logs within the Counties of Central Equatoria State with effect from the day of signature,” reads the decree in part.
The governor further tasked law enforcement agencies in the state to take necessary actions to enforce the ban.
“The State Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Environment and the State Ministry of Local Government and Law Enforcement; the Counties Commissioners; Commissioner of Police and the Head of Legal Administration and Public Prosecution Attorney, Central Equatoria State, shall take necessary steps to implement this Order,” it reads.