Residents of Sagamu, Iperu, Ago-Iwoye and Owode-Egba all in Ogun State are set to play host to the state government’s “Green” initiative, which is part of the project lined up to increase the greenness of the environment through the planting of trees.
In order to achieve this, the state government said it had concluded plans to distribute free seedlings of certain species of trees such as Teak, Gmelina and others to individuals and residents of the state
When completed, the tree-planting project is expected to help enhance the aesthetics of the state and make it a member of the group of states championing the growing of trees.
The state Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, made this known while addressing stakeholders during an official visit to Sagamu, Iperu, Ago-Iwoye and Owode-Egba forest ranges.
Chief Lawal said planting of trees was crucial in sustaining the eco-system by mitigating the effects of climate change which can adversely affect human lives. He added that tree planting has economic importance.
He said government had resolved to encourage private bodies and individuals on tree planting across the state, calling on the people to key into the tree planting programme by applying for free tree seedlings in the Ministry of Forestry.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman, Ogun State Association of Processed Wood Producers and Marketers, Chief Adetola Dosumu, appealed to the state government to consider creating a forest reserve Remo axis to revive the moribund sawmills in the area.