Determined to ensure proper management of activities across its forests, Ogun State Government says it will continue impromptu monitoring visit to the various reserves, in order to curb illegal tree felling and apprehend perpetrators.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, stated this while receiving members of Forestry Association of Nigeria, (FAN), Ogun State Chapter, who were on a courtesy call to his Office in Abeokuta, adding that, surveillance on the forest reserves would not stop until people abide with the standard regulations and stop illegal felling of trees.
The Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Tunji Akinosi, pointed out that, over 670 square kilometres of the reserves in Ogun East Senatorial District alone had been badly affected by illegal felling, saying, ” the State is ready to fight back to put an end to these illegalities, with all statute that is required under the law”.
He stressed that effort would be geared towards discovery of more activities of illegal felling and loggers in the State’s reserves.
In his response the former National President of the Association and member of the Board of Trustee, Chief James Odebiyi, pledged the Association’s unflinching support to Government for the overall development of forest reserves, saying there was an urgent need to reform forest practices and managements in the State.
He urged the Dapo Abiodun led government to continue in its drive towards sanitizing the forestry business, noting that the existing forestry and wildlife laws must be reviewed, to curb the menace and tackle the current challenges of deforestation, facing both national and international reserves.