OGUN STEPS UP SURVEILLANCE IN FOREST RESERVES

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Ogun State Government has developed models for high-level surveillance, to wipe out illegal logging and other acts forbidden by law in all the nine Forest Reserves across the State.

Commissioner for Forestry, Hon. Tunji Akinosi, while addressing the Divisional Forestry Programme Officers, (DFPOs) and Forest Guards in his office, said the establishment of special monitoring was necessary to prevent wanton destruction of the proposed planting of one million trees in all the nine Reserves across the State.

Akinosi stated that the proposed hectares for cultivation would be mapped out to accommodate at least 100,000 trees in each reserve, due to the wide stretch of the forestlands, saying, the reorganisation became essential for sustainable forestry management and strict monitoring, thereby translating to best global standard practice.

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The Commissioner revealed that in the 2021 fiscal year, an additional N30m was requested in the monthly running cost to cater for logistics, while N15m would be required for overhead, which covers the maintenance of plantations, public enlightenment, travels/training, and uniforms for forest guards.

He affirmed that the fund would help in intensifying the monitoring of activities in State’s Reserves, noting that effective surveillance would bring about forest renewal, for essential  forest commercial and other ecological purposes.


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