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It was March 16, 2021. The Cameroonian Minister of Forestry made a decision noting the lapse of some fifty seven sales of timber in the national domain, "due to the fact that their period of validity has been exceeded."
A sale of timber is a parcel of land that the State makes available to a private company that has the financial, administrative and technical capacity to operate for a period of three years that can be renewed, said Ebenezer Ekwalla Dit Toube, former chief brigadier of the central unit at the Ministry of Forestry.
"This parcel does not exceed 2500 hectares," said the retired official.
As these sales of timber had expired several months ago and the thirty-eight logging companies involved had not requested an extension of their activities, they were declared null and void by the forestry administration.
"The lapse thus pronounced entails the loss of the logging title, the final and immediate cessation of relative activities, the settlement of all rights, taxes and royalties due," wrote Jules Doret Ndongo, the Minister of Forestry. "These rights, taxes and royalties, may, if necessary, be subject to forced recovery.