By Emmanuel Oluwakorede
Federal Government has concluded plans to plant 6000 trees in Kogi State in a move to ensure forest cover and ameliorate the effect of climate change in the state.
To this end, a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Environment, led by the Director Forestry, Mr. Tiamiyu Sikiru Oladele are in Kogi State to intimate government about the development.
The Secretary to the Government of Kogi State, Dr. Mrs. Folashade Ayoade who received the delegation on behalf of government, commended the Federal Government for locating the Project in the state.
Mrs. Ayoade who expressed delight over the cheering news by the delegation, stated that it will add value to the environmental challenges of the state.
She noted that government will give them the maximum support for the realization of the aims and objectives of the projects.
“On behalf of the government, it is a good development as it will make our environment conducive”. The SSG said.
Mrs. Ayoade pointed out that as soon as necessary procedures are completed, government will provide the land for the project.
The State Environment Commissioner, Chief Victor Adewale Omofaiye maintained that the project is heartwarming and a step in the right direction.
Chief Omofaiye who could not hide his joy, thanked the Federal government for choosing the state for the project.
The leader of the delegation, Mr. Tiamiyu Sikiru Oladele said the project is the 1st phase of the operation plant 25 million trees, flagged off by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
According to him, between 4 to 5 hectares of land was needed for the project under the “Green Bond Afforestation”.
He said the trees when planted will increase Forest Cover and ameliorate the effect of climate change.
Mr. Oladele also disclosed that another
500, 000 seedlings will also be planted in
23 hectres across each Local Government Area of the state.
Mr. Mike Kadiri, the Project Manager said the trees to be planted are of economic value and urged the people to always plant trees.