In its efforts to ensure stable environment through reforestation, Ogun State Government says, five or more trees should be planted in replacement of any tree felled, to mitigate climate change.
The State Commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Tunji Akinosi stated this, while leading a team of Tree Planters Organisation to Olokemeji Forest Reserve, in Odeda Local Government Area, saying it was imperative to enlighten the people on the essence of tree planting, as it stabilises climate change.
Akinosi, stressed the need for individuals to be conscious of their environment, as forests provide habitat for wildlife and help remove dangerous greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, which helps in sustaining the environment and human health, noting that the present administration would not relent at ensuring that necessary actions were taken for afforestation process.
“There is a rule that says, once you fell a tree, you should replant five. It is pertinent for you to educate and inform every one of the usefulness of planting trees, as burning of trees is hazardous to the health”, he said.
In his remarks, the Project Manager, Processed Wood Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (PROWPMAN), Ogun State Chapter, Mr. Olakunle Awoniyi, noted that 42.5 hectares of Teak and other indigenous trees had been established out of 50 hectares proposed project which started in 2016, saying the remaining 7.5 hectares would be planted towards the end of the year.
He said 11,110 seedlings were planted on 10 hectares, with a spacing of 3m by 3m, adding that more would still be achieved with the support of the present administration.