Experts Want NASS to Sign National Forest Bill

As Nigeria joins the rest of global community to mark the International Day of Forests, experts in Ondo state have called on the National Assembly to pass a bill on National Forests Preservation into law.

Speaking on the day, the State chairman of the Forestry Association of Nigeria (F.A.N), Dr Adesoji Adedayo said the day was dedicated to sensitize the public on the need to shun activities that could lead to the deforestation.

Speaking on the theme of the celebration, “Forest and Education”, Dr Adedayo urged government to always engage trained foresters to manage forest reserves of the state.

Also in an interview, the Ondo State commissioner for Natural Resources, Mr. Rasheed Badmus urged the people of the state to plant twenty trees every year to preserve the environment.

Two experts from the departments of forestry at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA and University of Ibadan, Professor Busuyi Agbeja and Professor Matthew Oyun said the passage of the National Forests Bill would help experts to have control over preservation of forests in the country.

Radio Nigeria correspondent reports that as part of the activities for the World Forest Day for this year, there will be a “Street Walk” from the Cathedral junction to the state ministry of Agriculture at Alagbaka-Akure on Thursday.

Leke Adegbite

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