Ogun State government said it is partnering with the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNNAB) Abeokuta to regenerate its forest reserves to boost revitalize forestry activities and mitigate the effect of climate change in the State.
Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, disclosed this while addressing the stakeholders at a programme held at FUNNAB, Abeokuta tagged: “Deforestation for Charcoal Production’’, organised by the school management to orientate the public on the benefit of using charcoals and how to manage tree exploitation for charcoal productions without necessarily depleting the forest.
Lawal, in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Mr. Olusola Olubodun, noted that incessant exploitation of immature trees without replacing them was a major cause of deforestation leading to climate change.
He said “once a tree that stores carbon dioxide is fell, carbon dioxide is released into the air in excess, while oxygen that is supposed to release for human benefit would either seize or reduce in quantity’’.
The Commissioner expressed government’s readiness to collaborate with the institution towards regenerating the forest and re-orientating members of the public on how to carry-out charcoal production without endangering the forest and eco-system.
He advised the general public to always notify the Ministry before felling any tree in line with Ogun State Forestry law, to enable government put necessary measure in place so as not to pose threat to the environment.
The Director, Directorate of Grants Management of the institution, Professor Kola Adebayo, commended the State government on its efforts at protecting the forest reserves, saying there is room for improvement.
He implored people of the state to inculcate the habit of planning trees to enhance human survival.