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INVESTORS URGED TO BUILD MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HOST COMMUNITIES

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Mutual relationship with host communities through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been described as necessary tool for investors to thrive and enable government boost its revenue, as well as build human capital.

Commissioner for Forestry, Hon. Tunji Akinosi, stated this during a stakeholders’ meeting with J4 Concessionaire, at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying the present administration was committed to provision of enabling environment for business owners to succeed so that they could in turn, fulfill government’s terms and conditions, particularly, in relation to the ongoing J4 forest reserve concession.

Akinosi enjoined citizens of the State to embrace strong symbiotic relationship with investors by giving them necessary assistance and support towards

improving Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and revenue generation drive.

According to him, “we must assist business owners in order to be successful in their businesses and also satisfy their agreement with the government by helping to increase revenue and improve people’s livelihood”.

The Commissioner pointed out that government has released some enclaves in Taungya area, where interested Traditional Heads and other legal settlers would freely cultivate land for tree planting, saying, “this will help in regeneration and conservation, rather than forest exploitation”.

Commenting, the Concessionaire’s representative, Mr. Sarayi Nurudeen, said his organisation was prepared to establish a 10-hectare nursery for afforestation and reforestation, adding that new plantation plans, running from five to ten years would be pursued vigorously, in line with international best practices.

He pointed out that, apart from providing employment for indigenes, legal villagers within the plantation would be allowed to practice intercropping for subsistence, on approval and supervision by the company’s management, as part of its CSR.

Nurudeen promised that the company would evolve a more robust, strong and purposeful communal relationship, in tandem with the present administration’s vision and mission to change the face of agroforestry in the State.

Soji Solarin,

Press Officer, Ministry of Forestry

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