Ekiti State government said it will not hesitate to jail anybody who would fall trees illegally for six months without an option of fine.
This is even as Governor Ayodele Fayose, would be flagging off the planting of 250,000 trees as part of the programme of his administration to fortify the already depleted forests in the State next Monday at Ayo Babalola Memorial Grammar school, Efon Alaaye.
Ekiti State Head of Service and chairman of the State Forest Regeneration committee, Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka explained that schools are co-opted not only to help protect schools from windstorm, but also inculcate the tree planting culture in the younger generation students so as to ensure environmental sustainability.
He added that government offices especially the State Secretariat would be involved in the exercise while it will be extended to the public in order to mitigate the hazardous effects of the depletion of the ozone layer.
Similarly, the State Commissioner for Environment, Chief Bisi Kolawole said the forest regeneration and tree planting programme are steps to stop illegal felling of tree in the State; stressing that the newly signed Ekiti State Forest Protection law provides a 6-month jail term without fine option for anyone caught in the illegal activity.
Kolawole explained that with the steps already taken, the State had in the last six months generated sixty million naira from the sector with a view to increasing it to one hundred million naira in the second half of the year.
Kolawole who said the forestry could be likened to the oil sector of the nation’s economy disclosed that 18,000 trees are felled in the State annually and the proposed planting of 250,000 trees would amount to investing in the future of the State.
He commended Governor Fayose for initiating the regeneration of the forests; saying that Fayose remains the only governor in the history of the State to fortify the State forestry, having carried out a similar exercise in his first tenure as governor.å

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  • amador kester

    This sgency shoukd rather be talking of technikigy trsnsfer, industrializatiin,artisanal development,research instititutes of technology etc and not agric or has its operational mandate been revised? These UN agencies make no sustainable impact and seem like huge jokes in africa