Desertification, Flooding:  Oyo Govt Warns Against Indiscriminate Felling Of Trees 

File photo: Gov Abiola Ajimobi at the FRCN Ibadan zonal headquarters during an interactive session on Wednesday.

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Oyo State Government on Thursday advised the people of the state to
stop  indiscriminate felling of trees in their neighbourhoods to avert the adverse effects of desertification as well as flooding in Nigeria.

Speaking at a  massive grassroots awareness campaign rally on .desertification and flooding. Governor Abiola Ajimobi  emphasized the need for massive tree planting across the State in replacement of the felled trees.

Represented by the Chairman of Ibarapa North Local Government, Hon. Shittu Olonade, Governor Ajimobi stated that ‘this is one of the feasible ways to protect  the environment and also guard the climate from destruction.

The governor raised  an alarm that disaster looms with the extinction of economic trees in our forests, saying, “wherever one tree is cut, ten trees should be planted in replacement to avoid deforestation or flooding in the land.

The  JDPC Programme Officer Mr. Alaba Ogunbosoye in his remark, charged the people of Oyo state to be pro-active to the challenges of Climate Change portends danger to economic development, if not properly managed.

Mr Ogunbosoye in his submission, urged the people of Oyo state to, among others, reduce their emission to avoid air pollution; stop dumping refuse ion the streams to avoid flooding; stop burning the bush to avoid deforestation and always join force with the authorities in protecting the climate from destruction.

The sensitization campaign train stormed Ayete, headquarters of Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state yesterday with a road show and free distribution of different varieties of tree seedlings to the various households for planting to checkmate deforestation and, in effect, protect the climate from destruction.

Led by government officials and professionals from the Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), the sensitization campaign team which also included the Acting Baale Agbe in Oyo State, High Chief Gabriel Adediran Akorede educated the populace on the dangers inherent in unchecked deforestation and charged the people against indiscriminate burning of bush to reduce emission and avoid air pollution.

Highlight of the Climate Change campaign was the free distribution of tree seedlings of different varieties to the various households for planting to checkmate deforestation and, in effect, ensuring food security in the nation.