Some fortnight ago, a front page article carried a story about tubi log export which was widely debated.
A Taiwanese’s company claimed to be from Malaysian know as Southern Pacific wood SPW has now has more than 20 containers of Tubi round logs near the Markwarth area at Lunga point.
A logger known to be Mr Lao who managed SPW company claimed that his company was one of the three companies authorised by responsible authorities to export Tubi.
SPW and two other companies were the only three companies authorised to export tubi round logs.
The fifth load of tubi from San Jorge in Isabel has arrived Tuesday this week on board LC Atlantic Puffin at the Lunga log pond now loaded in containers awaiting export.
This paper when contacted the ministry of environment director last week Joe Horokou said, “No firms have yet been approved to do tubi export despite of the fact that we have received numbers of application”.
He then referred us to the ministry of forestry to comment on the matter.
When the ministry’s permanent secretary Barnabas Anga was contacted and questioned as to why they remain so silent about the issue despite of media publications, he refereed this paper to the forestry commissioner.
“I cannot say anything at this stage, may be the commissioner has some good information on that issue,” Mr Anga said.
The commissioner of forest Reeves Moveni was contacted yesterday and has he referred us back to Mr Anga.
“I cannot comment on that may be the PS has to say something on the matter, or we can talk over it.”
So the question remains, this is a long time issue, that this year it has approval from the ministry of environment allowing the spiece to be exported. And two weeks ago this paper published a story on that that was seemed to be ignored as responsible authorities were so silent about that issue.
Tubi tree was an endangered spiece of hard wood that was only found in Isabel and Choiseul Provinces.
By CHARLEY PIRINGI