The Oyo state government explained on Tuesday why it canceled 26,000 hectares of forest land, which was allegedly assigned to former former governor Abiola Ajimobi during his administration.
Latest Nigeria Newspaper report that the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, HE. Kehinde Ayoola said it was reprehensible that anyone would take possession of forest land, knowing the importance of forest resources for the ecosystem, humanity and animals.
Ayoola, who gave the explanations in a press conference held after the meeting of the State Executive Council, said it was wrong to decapitate forest resources at a time when the countries of the world sought to increase their forest resources and curb global warming.
Our correspondent deduced that these lands were assigned by Ajimobi shortly before leaving office in May of this year.
But, while speaking, Ayoola said it was impious that anyone cited agricultural production as the basis for allocating forest land for personal use, especially where there is a large amount of arable land in the State for agriculture.
He described as liars and wrong answers of some elements of the immediate past administration that forest lands were assigned to individuals to boost agriculture.
He said: “You will remember that yesterday, it was in the news that the Oyo state government revoked the allocation of forest land to individuals. About 20,000 hectares in Opara in Oke Ogun and 6,000 hectares in Gambari in Oluyole Local government area of the state of Oyo.
“It is because of this fact that these elements have been saying that the allocations were made to boost agricultural production. But if someone comes to these sites now, there is no agricultural production there and we want members of the public not to be fooled.
“We want to educate the public about why Governor Makinde’s government is so moved by this prodigal act. Forests are essential in managing the ecology of our state in such a way that they help combat global warming, which is a precursor to climate change. Forests help clean the air; Remove atmospheric carbon dioxide, which affects human, plant and animal life and fills it with the freshness of oxygen. Forests also contain plants with their roots that help bond the soil to ensure there is no erosion.
“Then, to avoid the ecological disaster; You need forests. The nations of the world seek to preserve and increase the size of their forest resources, so it is actually antithetical to good living, antithetical to the public spirit and even impious that someone does something that reduces the size of our forests and takes such resources. for themselves
“The Makinde administration is not only revoking forests, but we are also taking steps to expand our forest resources.”