In its resolution to replenish soil water retention and improve the State’s watershed health through tree planting, Ogun State Government has collaborated with Stakeholders to plant over 600,000 indigenous tress from this year to the year 2030.
Commissioner for Forestry, Hon. Tunji Akinosi, made this known when he signed of a Memorandum Of Understanding, (MOU), between the State Government and Nigerian Breweries PLC, in Abeokuta, that the yearly reforestation of 50hectares yearly in Olokemeji Forest Reserve would serve as a suitable water retention project in the State.
Akinosi disclosed that important roles played by trees in developing health system, its mitigating effect on global warming and its watershed management, led to the dedication the Arakanga and Edun Stream Forest Reserves for watershed protection projects.
“Tree planting, as a prime factor in human development environmental hazards amelioration, health system development and global warming mitigation among others was the basis of releasing two forest reserves for the watershed protection”, he said.
The Commissioner implored other Stakeholders to collaborate with the present government in its target to regenerate 1,000 hectares of plantation annually, saying, ” the government is ready to give necessary technical and moral support towards realising the successful execution of such laudable projects.
In her address, the Corporate Affairs Director, NB Plc, Mrs. Sade Morgan, said that not less than 600,000 species of trees that are indigenous to the Olojemeji Forest Reserve would be planted between year 2020 to 2030 as a Corporate Social Responsibility project in protecting water resources, advocating sourcing sustainability and responsible consumption.
She said that the organisation planned to cultivate indigenous species of trees on a 50ha of land annually, with a view to completing the 500ha at Olokemeji within ten years, towards protecting water resources for enhancements of the health of the State’s watershed.