By Soji Solarin
The Ogun State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to collaborate with Public Private Partnership, to curb illegal activities in the state’s forest reserves through its continuous joint-surveillance team up.
Commissioner for Forestry, Hon. Tunji Akinosi made this affirmation in Abeokuta, during a meeting with the Forestry Association of Nigeria, (FAN), ascertaining government’s readiness to channel a new course for forests’ protection and sustainability in the State.
Akinosi said that the present administration, in his frantic efforts to reduce illegal settlements, farming and other activities affecting necessary forestry practices, would support the inclusion of of reputable organizations in its constant surveillance activities to safeguard State’s forest reserves against illegalities .
“We’ll proudly give our maximum support to any collaboration from reputable and respectable willing public and private organizations, and ensure optimum security in our forest reserves to curb illegal activities and other vises affecting forestry growth and development.
All afforestation programmes require proper monitoring against destruction, especially the plants and animals which form the primary elements for biodiversity, should be given maximum protection against intrusions like illegal farming, hunting and settling”, he said.
On his part, the FAN Chairman, Dr. Kayode Ogunjobi, said that any form of collaborative action by the current government would indicate another giant stride in modern forestry practice, saying it would further develop, improve and sustain forests and its management in the state.
He noted that the Association has proposed a summit, to be tagged “2021 Ogun State Forestry Summit”, with the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Foresters, to address germane and central issues towards actualizing the genuineness of the current administration in forestry development across the State.