With the issue of climate change now a global concern and deforestation taking its toll on Freetown Government has with immediate effect imposed a ban on the exploitation and export of timber, building or dimension stones and granite from the country.
According to a press release from the office of the president, the exploitation had caused deforestation in the Freetown peninsula and a shortage of water in the city.
The release says the effect of the mining in granite risked those settlements at the foot of the hills to face landslides in the future.
The release also says that people are illegally exploiting the timber and granite and smuggling them out of the country.
“…these activities are destructive to the environment and bring only minimal benefits to the state” the release adds.
While the release states that efforts are being made to regulate the exploitation of the said minerals, the police have been instructed to take “appropriate action” against defaulters.