Ondo Govt. Commences Verification Exercise For Allottees Of Forest Reserves

As part of Ondo State Government’s efforts to restore orderliness to the forest reserves across the state, a verification exercise has commenced to identify and clear allotees in the forest reserves.

To achieve this, allotees who have compartments in the forest reserves have been charged to bring all the necessary documents needed for clearance.

The Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Natural Resources, Mr Dally Salau, made this known in Akure, the state capital, where he warned that the era of lawlessness and disobedience has gone.

He stressed that the verification became necessary in order to identify true owners of compartments, saying this would go a long way to putting a stop to the issue of encroachment in the Forest Reserve.

Mr Salau said the Task Force has been able to impound some vehicles in the forest and on the roads carrying logs, while logging activities is still on hold.

He warned that no logging activity should be carried out until the forest reserves are reopened.

“I want to use this opportunity to advice our allottees to come out early for the verification exercise. They should bring out all the documents required for the exercise, so they can be cleared.

“This is vital so that the government would have a better position to formulate policies particularly in the Forest reserve.

“To avoid encroachment into the Forest reserves, government has inaugurated the Task Force on Forestry and Anti- Encroachment. They are put in place in the state to ensure that people do not move into the reserves until it is reopened by the state government.

“Now that the free areas have been opened, the Task Force would be more active to ensure that the order is enforced and obeyed.

“Let them (allotees and contractors) obey this order first, then the government would decide.

“The regime of orderliness has come. We cannot be operating in a state of anarchy, disobedience or lawlessness. We have to ensure that law, justice, fairness, peace and equity are restored and obeyed in our Forest Reserves”, Mr Saliu stated.

Kogi Govt. To Set Up Committe Against Illegal Felling Of Trees

Kogi, Felling of treesThe Kogi state government has resolved to set up a committee to check arbitrary and illegal felling of trees in all the existing forest reserves across the state.

The State Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, Rosemary Osikoya, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the weekly State Executive Council meeting in Lokoja.

The commissioner also told newsmen that the state government has placed a fine of 1.5 million per truck on anybody caught in the act of deforestation of the reserves.

She condemned the destruction of 36 designated forest reserves across the state, assuring that government will not relent in its efforts to check the ugly trend.

”the state executive council today approves for the setting up of a committee to review kogi state specific laws, deterrent to illegal tree felling activities with severe penalties”.

Osikoya informed journalists that the council approved the recruitment of 100 forest reserves in the three senatorial districts of the state.

The Director-General Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwon, who also spoke to journalists, re-iterated the council’s resolve to ensure that transaction of government business in the state, followed due process in order to boost transparency and accountability in the system.

He intimated newsmen of the council’s resolution to retrieve all government vehicles that were illegally carted away by the immediate past political appointees.

Mr Fanwon expressed the council’s appreciation over the recent visit of the governor, Yahaya Bello, to some companies in Germany to seek their collaboration towards further development of the state.

FG To Review Forest Reserves Policies

FG On Forest Reserves PoliciesThe Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to commence the review of its policies on forest reserves.

The Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, made this known on Monday at an event to mark the 2016 International Day of Forests.

She said that the nation was yet to tap into the economic benefits of its forest resources, owing to inadequate enforcement of the regulatory policies.

The Minister added that the Federal Government was looking at the possibility of sanctioning those involved in indiscriminate felling.

“We need to review the National Forest Policy to ensure among other things certification of roads and ensure that illegal loggers.

“In fact, we need to find the incentives and not just deal with the penalties. There have to be incentives to stop the logging to begin with.

“It is not that we don’t have the policies or the regulations. Nigeria has enough regulations and Acts but enforcing them is a very big challenge and that is what we intend to try to do,” she said.

The Minister further stressed the need for genuine partnership in tackling the issue.

March 21 of every year has been set aside globally to create a platform to enlighten people on the importance of all types of tress in and outside forests.

The forests play a vital role in our daily lives, even as over 2,000 indigenous cultures depend on forests for their livelihood such as feeding, medicine and shelter.