In its bid to build stronger economic ties by creating an enabling environment for wood businesses to improve for further development of all forest reserves across the State, the management of the Ministry of Forestry has approved some hectares in Ogun Forestry Reserve, Area J4, to Ijebu Saw millers and Timber Contractors Association to plant Gmelina tree.
The mutual approval was granted in a meeting held with the executive members of the association, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Olatoye Muraina and headed by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Dolapo Adewumi, at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Adewumi said the partnership was a worthy and beneficial one always welcomed by the government in conjunction with Stakeholders, ‘as a right step in the right direction’, warning that the contractors must respect the contract by not planting beyond the apportioned areas in the reserve.
The PS listed the granted areas as Osoko axis, Erinla axis, Ti Oluwa Nile axis, Bayesan axis, Temidire axis and Mokore axis of the Area J4, saying there were other areas for partnership and collaboration available to be accessed for more development in other reserves.
Speaking, Chairman of the Association said hope for timber businesses to flourish more and become a higher money spinner than other sectors would be actualised when other Stakeholders also come on board as investors on tree plantation.
In his remark, the Secretary of the Association, Pastor Funmileye Akinnukawe, commended the present Dr Dapo Abiodun-led government for the opportunity, saying the partnership would stand the text of time as a lasting legacy in the State.
In his view, the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim, appreciated the government for granting them the opportunity to engage in extensive tree planting to further improve their personal incomes as Timber Contractors and also boosting the internally generated revenue of the State.