Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed of Kwara State has called for effective management of the environment, to protect ecosystem and save it from depletion.
The governor made the call at the weekend when members of the Kwara State Forestry Stakeholders Congress led by its President, Alhaji Abdullahi Agbobamu, visited him at the governor’s lodge in Ilorin.
“There is a growing concern over poor management of the environment which leads to desertification and depletion of the environment,” he said.
Governor Ahmed called on the congress not to engage in acts that could hurt the environment with a view to saving it from losing its values.
He also charged them, to partner with the government in the conservation of the environment and creation of wealth.
“The danger is not in the felling of trees, but in not planting more trees to guide against deforestation and desertification. Efforts must be made by stakeholders and in deed, by all Nigerians to protect our environment by embracing the tree planting culture,” he said.
Governor Ahmed promised to support the congress through the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) platforms in order to promote their business.
Speaking earlier, Agbobamu disclosed that the congress had resolved to embark on operation “Cut One, Plant Five Policy,” to save the environment from deforestation.
Agbobamu thanked the governor for his concern and initiative towards proper and efficient management of forests in all parts of the state, while also assuring the governor that the congress would continue to give maximum support to the present administration to enable its success.