Ekiti State government has generated a sum of N46, 024,195 from forestry this year out of a revenue target of N77million projected for the sector in the 2015 fiscal year.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Chief Bisi Kolawole
made this known in Ado-Ekiti while expressing satisfaction with government’s performance in the sector.
According to the commissioner, the considerable increase in the activities of the forestry sector during the dry seasons is a sign of hope, expressing confidence that more revenue would be generated from the sector before the end of the year.
Kolawole attributed the improved performance in the sector to efforts of the Ayo Fayose-led administration to instill discipline in the activities of all stakeholders in the sector.
According to him, the state government has succeeded in curbing the activities of illegal operators in the sector, stressing that there is no sacred cow as all culprits were being dealt with according to the law.
He cautioned people in the state against patronising criminals who illegally fell and process logs into planks inside forest reserves and free areas, emphasising that any individual or group of people caught illicitly depriving the state of its resources would be made to face the wrath of the law.
The commissioner, however, appealed to all to compliment government’s efforts in forest regeneration, describing the dwindling global forest resources as worrisome and required concerted support of both individuals and corporate organisations to keep the society green and safe.

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