The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, has approved the Constitution of Ondo State Forest Management Committee
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Princess Oladunni Odu who made this known in a press statement made available in her office stated that the Committee was constituted as part of measures put in place to develop the State Forest Action Programme of the State Government.
According to the statement, the committee has amongst others, the following Terms of Reference.
Review existing policy documents, strategies, scientific studies and reports related to Forestry and other land use; Identify key stakeholders for Forest sector development in Ondo State
Develop a Forest land allocation strategy that takes into consideration all critical sector including; Mining, Forestry and agriculture; Create and updated Forestry utilization map using GIS to ascertain the true position of the forest reserves.
The committee according to the statement is to Review State policy , legislative and regulatory frameworks relevant to Forestry planning, implementation, and monitoring
And engage, if needed, consultants with a clear understanding of the biophysical ( land degradation, deforestation drivers, forest Development, etc) and socio- economic ( livelihoods, culture,etc) context of Ondo State.
The Chairman of the Committee according to the statement is Mr
Olatayo Aribo, Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and forestry while other members are:
Honourable Commissioner for Energy, Mining and Mineral Resources, Engr. Razak Obe, Honourable Commissioner for Infrastructure, Land and Housing, Engr. Raimi Aminu , Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Oyeniyi Oseni, Special Adviser on Regional Integration and Diaspora Relations, Dr. Victor Adegbole, Senior Special Assistance on Agribusiness, Pastor Akin Olotu and Director- General Project Performance and Implementation Monitoring Unit as the Secretary.
The Committee will be inaugurated at the office of the Secretary to the State Government on Monday, 28th February, 2022 by 11am.
Head Media Unit,
Office of the SSG