Saturday, 18 March 2017

COMR TOMI AKPOROGHENE WOJUOLA Calls on states to emulate the Delta state law that bans handsaw operators- Dio Oghale Emeka Rex (SAP, SANS, MOFR) Reporting from Campus Reporter Media

REVIEW OF NATIONAL FOREST POLICY: GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS HAIL FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS DECISION
Calls on states to emulate the Delta state law that bans handsaw operators

The Association of Geography and Regional Planning Students (AGARPS) Delta State University Chapter, has hailed the Federal Government for taking the bold step in proposing a review of the National Forest Policy aimed at combating the menace of deforestation being suffered in the country.

Comr. Tomi who praised the Federal Government, just after the National Executive Councils meeting which was held in Abuja, where the proposal was made by the Honourable Minister of state for Environment, Alh. Ibrahim Jibril for an improvement in forest governance, Establishment of National Forest Model Estate in the 36 States and the FCT, Establishment of take-off of the National Forestry Trust Fund through contributions by Wood Products Exporters according to products classification (tally processed, semi processed, charcoal) etc. and the establishment of a National Task force to effectively protect the forest amongst others.

Citing that " deforestation has progressed to about 3.5% of the total forest area level in the last decade – which translates to about 350,000 hectares of forest loss and requiring at least 420 million tree seedlings per annum to pant over-run deforestation,' the Federal Government would need massive campaigns across the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory to see to it that this grave act of environmental degradation is put to an end".

Comr. Tomi further charged states across the country to emulate the Delta state Governments policy that bans Handsaw operators from felling trees in all its forests as a means to checkmate forest depletion.

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