Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose will flag off planting of 250,000 tress as part of the programmes of the administration to fortify the depleted forests in the state, the media office has said..
“Speaking on a TV programme in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, the State Head of
Service and chairman of the State Forest Regeneration committee, Dr
Olugbenga Faseluka and the State Commissioner for Environment, Chief
Bisi Kolawole said the forest regeneration and tree planting programme
which would be flagged off at Ayo Babalola Memorial Grammar school,
Efon Alaaye would begin with tree planting in all secondary schools in
“Dr. Faseluka explained that schools are co-opted not only to help
protect schools from windstorm but also inculcate the tree planting
culture in the younger generation students so as to ensure
“He added that government offices especially the State Secretariat
would be involved in the exercise while it will be extended to the
public in order to mitigate the harzadous effects of the depletion of
the ozone layer.
“In his remarks, Chief Kolawole stated that the state government has
taken steps to stop illegal felling of tree in the State; stressing
that the newly signed Ekiti State Forest Protection law provides a
6-month jail term without fine option for anyone caught in the illegal
“The Environment Commissioner explained that with the steps already
being taken, the State had in the last six months generated sixty
million Naira from the sector with a view to increasing it to One
hundred Million Naira in the second half of the year.
“Kolawole who said the forestry could be likened to the oil sector of
the nation’s economy disclosed that 18,000 trees are felled in the
State annually and the proposed planting of 250,000 trees would amount
to investing in the future of the State.
“He commended Governor Fayose for initiating the regeneration of the
forests; saying that Fayose remains the only governor in the history
of the State to fortify the State forestry having carried out a
similar exercise in his first tenure as governor.