The Kwara State Government has approved over three million naira for forestation programmes in the State.
Similarly, all political appointees have been directed to acquire land to plant trees in their respective local Government Areas in order to protect the environment.
The State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed gave the directive today at the inauguration and launching of the State Forestry Stakeholders Congress in Ilorin.
Governor Ahmed who was represented by his Deputy, Elder Peter Kisira charged the State Ministry of Environment to align with the reforestation drive through robust policy, advocacy and raising the awareness of the people on the role forests play in natural ecological system.
The Governor urged members of the Congress to align their operations with the laid down rules and regulations of forestry in the State and shun illegal activities such as illegal logging that could jeopardize the efforts of the government.
He explained that the growing incident of deforestation had led to severe consequences such as manifestation of floods, erosions and other environmental problems.
Governor Ahmed noted that to curb the problem, the present administration had prohibited deforestation and illegal encroachment of forests in the State calling on members of the Congress to use their individual and collective efforts to attain positive development and protect the forests in the State and the Country at large.
The Governor charged Nigerians to aim at contributing to environmental sustainability in order to safe guard the World.
The State Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Otunba Taiwo Joseph commended all Stakeholders particularly the Special Adviser on Labour in uniting the various associations under one umbrella.
Otunba Joseph also praised the collaborative effort of the Chainsaw Association and the Ministry in establishing a forest plantation at Loosa in Ilorin East Local Govermnet urging the Congress to emulate the gesture and support the government in its afforestation policy.
The Commissioner called on the people to plant, nurture, protect and conserve trees for the sake of the coming generation.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour, Comrade Bisi Fakayode noted that the Congress was put in place to regulate and monitor forestry activities in compliance with relevant laws and regulations and also described forest as the gift of God to mankind and important to the survival of man and animal.