Kwara State Gov’t announces a month closure of forest for all activities except farming

Kwara State Government has announced a month closure of the forest for all activities except farming, expressing worries that indiscriminate activities in the forest are fast disrupting the state ecosystem and exposing it to severe effects of climate change.

Commissioner for Environment, Aliyu Saifudeen, told journalists in Ilorin, “The state government is very worried about the rate of wanton deforestation for both legal and illegal purposes such as charcoal and other wood resources/products without commensurate regeneration.

He said that the ministry has taken a painful decision to ‘close the forest’ for all kinds of activities for a minimum period of one month and maximum of three beginning from the March 2 to May 31, 2020.

Saifudeen said the state government would embark on a massive tree planting to be flagged off by the state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, and the Minister of Environment, Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, later in May this year, a step he asserted was needed to address the question of deforestation and climate change.

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