The Ogun State government has warned against rearing of cattle in both private and government owned forest reserves across the State.
The State Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal who gave this warning while speaking with press men in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said that allowing grazing in the forest reserves would be inimical to the State government efforts at rejuvenating and preserving the reserves.
Lawal stated that government had on several occasions, stressed the need for people to engage in tree planting and protecting new tree seedlings, so as to achieve its forest regeneration mission, adding that mechanism like capacity building, patrols, protection and monitoring, as well as Assets Safe Guarding Initiatives, were geared towards protecting the State’s forest reserves.
He called on investors to support the government at mitigating climate change, through the establishment of private forest reserves and protection of forest resources.
‘’It is very important that private investors complement government efforts in tree planting and forest protection, to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, which aid climate change and its attendant consequences’’, he said.