Ogun State government has said that private participation would be encouraged in the forest reserve development and the state would not hesitate to go tough on deforestation within and around the forestry in the state.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun stated this during the National Executive Council meeting of the Forestry Association of Nigeria, FAN, held at Cultural Centre Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Kola Lawal, said close monitoring of the forest reserve would be embarked upon, adding that massive deforestation of large expense of forest, over exploitation of wood resources, destruction of forest by native nomadic cattle rearers and excessive hunting of wild animals would soon be a thing of the past.
He said the present administration had done so much not only to address the problems, but to eradicate the challenges gradually through proactive measures that would take into consideration the well being of rural dwellers, communities as well as the restoration of the forest in the state.
Amosun said that in the last four years his administration had employed more forest guards to patrol the forest, saying that the state would encourage private participation in forestry development in the State.
“The mission of the state government in forestation is to encourage private participation in forestry development, such as the Lafarge/Ogun partnership on carbon reduction through Agro-Forestry Programme,” Amosun said.
The Governor said the state would continue to strengthening forest institutions, extend forest reserves and training of task force against the eradication of cocoa farms, review and implementation of forestry and wild life laws.

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