Ogun State Government has urged local and foreign investors to tap the state’s forestry potentials towards strengthening their revenue base in the industry.
The state commissioner for Forestry , Hon. Tunji Akinosi gave the advice during a virtual town hall meeting tagged: “Discussion on The Gateway States Forestry Agenda,” organized by the hon. Andrew Taiwo led All Progressives Congress (APC UK), Ogun Chapter held on Saturday 25th of July, 2020.
Hon. Akinosi said the state no doubt is naturally endowed with forest resources, urging investors to take advantage of the potentials to expand their business for more profits .
This according to him will not only help government to generate more income but also complement its efforts in creating more employment opportunities for the youth in the state.
Hon. Akinosi who was the guest speaker at the meeting however, noted that Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration is not bend on its campaign against all acts of deforestation as government’s zero tolerance for illegal encroachment and activities in its forest reserves is real .
The Commissioner while noting that government would welcome activities that would boost the state’s economy expressed its plan to partnering investors in areas of wildlife Investment, massive tree plantation investment and all other non timber businesses such as snail domestication, development of parks and gardens development , honey production (Apiculture), silk production for Textile Industry (Sericulture), Cane Rat (Grass Cutter) domestication among others.
The Chairman of APC UK, Ogun State Chapter, Hon. Andrew Taiwo in his remarks , commended the State Government forestry economic drive, urging it to double its efforts in harnessing the available resources to revolutionise more developments in the State.
Hon. Taiwo also urged the youths to get themselves involve in developmental agenda of the government with a view to improving economic status of the state.