Ogun State Government has indicated intention to partner both national and foreign investors, intending to take advantage of its vast forestry potentials to increase their revenue and investment scope.
Commissioner for Forestry, Hon. Tunji Akinosi, made the call during a virtual meeting tagged, “Discussion on The Gateway States Forestry Agenda”, organised by Andrew Taiwo-led United Kingdom group, saying this move would further boost the State’s economy.
Akinosi said the State was endowed with many natural assets, including various forest resources, which he noted could not be left untapped, advising investors to explore these potentials to expand their businesses.
He stressed the need to support the government in driving the economy towards more revenue generation and as well complement its efforts in creating more employment opportunities for the teeming youths in the State.
The Commissioner, who was the guest speaker, pointed out that Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration would not renege on its agitation against all forms of deforestation, saying government has developed zero tolerance for illegal acts and encroachment into its forest reserves.
Areas of investments, according to him were; wildlife, tree planting, snailery, honey (Apiculture) and textile (Sericulture) production, as well as other non-timber areas such as Cane Rat (Grass Cutter) domestication, among others.
Speaking, the Chairman of the UK group, Ogun Chapter, Hon. Andrew Taiwo, commended the State Government on its robust economic policies, calling for the sustainability of enabling environment created by the present administration.
He urged people of the State to be actively involved in the developmental agenda of the government, with a view to harnessing the numerous opportunities to improve the State’s economy and enhance living standard.
Soji Solarin & Damilola Koleade,
Press Officers, Ministry of Forestry