The Ogun State Government says plans are underway to reassess all its forest reserves, after the evacuation of all unlawful settlements that were illegally established in the reserve.
Commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Tunji Akinosi, stated this while receiving a delegation, led by the Olu of Owu Ijebu, Oba Michael Adesina, in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Akinosi said the reassessment wound enable eligible settlers to operate within portions appropriated to them, as settlement under the law, saying, those engaging in illegal activities would be easily identified for necessary action.
“Government is not reversing its decision on the evacuation of illegal settlements, as trees, naturally, must be given three meters’ space apart, to grow well and if they had stayed within their initial perimeter, illegal crops would not have been planted”, he said.
The Commissioner declared that the present administration was determined to salvage the situation and restore the forests, adding that reforestation and conservation would be prioritised by the government.
In his response, Oba. Adesina, said, bringing the forest reserves back to their original state would improve the socio–economic status of the State, appealing to Government to provide support to those that would be evacuated from the reserve.
Soji Solarin & Damilola Koleade,
Press Officers, Ministry of Forestry.