The Ogun State government says her Kogi state counterpart has sent some emissaries to the Gateway State to learn the techniques and ideas it employed in developing its forest reserves following the giant strides and unparallel contributions the state had recorded in forestry developments in the last six years.
The State Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal stated this while playing host to the delegation from Kogi state led by their state Commissioner for Environment, Mrs. Rosemary Osikoya.
He said the choice of Ogun for the peer review on forestry was as a result of its sustainable development, utilization and leading roles it had been having in the forestry sub-sector in the country.
“Our Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has always encouraged benchmarking in line with global best practices and we are glad that Kogi State has found Ogun State worthy and rated us as one of the best in the sector, so we are glad”, he said.
Chief Lawal speaking on the efforts of the State government at achieving the feat in forestry said the government had sustained its fight against all odds and forms of illegalities in the forest reserves through the regulation and utilization of the State’s forestry resources.
On her part, the Kogi State Commissioner for Environment, Mrs Osikoya said the need to collaborate and generate income through other sources had prompted the visit to Ogun State, adding that the State Governor, Yahyah Bello in his efforts at diversifying the economy of the State had identified forestry as a veritable means of achieving the set objectives.
Appreciating the State government for granting the peer review, Mrs. Osikoya urged the stakeholders in the sector to support the government and the Ministry of Forestry to maintain a sustainable utilization of its forest reserves.