WorldStage NewsOnline—-In a bid to safeguard natural resources in the country, the Federal Government (FG) has tasked the government of the 36 states to prioritise forests management.
Mrs Ibukun Odusote, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, made the call on Wednesday in Lafia, during the Extra-Ordinary Session of the National Forestry Development Committee (NFDC).
Odusote noted that as custodians of the country’s forests, the state governments should develop appropriate strategies, consistent with international best practices; and carry communities along in the plans.
According to her, the more inclusive the plans are, the more successful they will be, hence the need to work with communities where these forests are.
“Due to the urgent need to save the forest, the ministry decided to include Heads of Forestry Departments in higher institutions and the private sector in the NFDC.
“The Federal Government will provide the necessary supportive environment to ensure that the forest maintains its role as a source of income which provides sustainable resources to the nation,’’ she said.
Odusote also lamented activities of the public that were affecting forestation such as felling trees and bush burning.
She said that the FG had put in place a machinery to protect the forest and create public awareness on the need to preserve it.
Usman Abu, Permanent Secretary, Nasarawa State Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals, commended the Federal Government for the choice of Nasarawa State for the programme.
Abu said that the choice of the state was due to its contribution to forestry and climate change initiatives.