Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to continuously improve the economy of the state by prioritising agriculture and forestry development.
Aregbesola reassured that his government would leave no stone unturned in its resolve to ensure self-sufficiency in the production of stable commodities.
The governor stated this while addressing people at the opening of the public hearing on Shasha Forest Reserve Encroachment at the Multipurpose Hall, Local Government Service Commission, Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo.
Aregbesola, who described the two sectors as veritable sources of food, shelter, life sustaining drugs and raw materials for industries, said the importance of agriculture and forestry to our national economy cannot be over-emphasised.
He said the meeting was called in order to foster peaceful atmosphere that is needed for the development of the state in accordance with his six-point integral action plan, saying a responsible government, in a developing economy like Nigeria, must give agriculture and forestry prominence in its development plan.
Aregbesola said the goal of his administration is to attain self-sufficiency in the production of staple commodities through forest renewable and non-renewable, tangible, intangible, quantifiable and unquantifiable natural resources in a bid to take the state to greater heights.
He said considering the global standard prescribed by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO, 35 percent of any nation’s land mass must be forested.
Analysing his administration’s achievements, Aregbesola said his government has successfully raised 2.5 million seedlings of Tectona Grandis, Teak and Gmelina Arborea for free distribution.
He said his government has also engendered a healthy environment through systematic application of community mobilisation, volunteerism, technology and other best practices in waste, flood and vegetal management to attain Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, standard in sanitation, beautification and forest resources management.
The governor, who condemned the illegal activities being perpetrated by some people at Shasha Forest Reserve in Ile-Ife, said henceforth, his government would apply appropriate disciplinary measures on perpetrators.

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