Governor Ahmed made the call at the weekend when the executive members of the Kwara State Forestry Stakeholders Congress led by its President, Alhaji Abdullahi Agbobamu visited him at the Governor’s Lodge in Ilorin.
According to him, “there is a growing concern over poor management of the environment which leads to desertification and depletion of the environment”.
Dr Ahmed called on the Congress not to engage in acts that could hurt the environment with a view to saving the environment from losing its values.
The governor charged members of the Congress to partner with the government in the conservation of the environment and creation of wealth.
“The danger is not in the felling of trees but in not planting more trees to guard against deforestation and desertification.
“Efforts must be made by stakeholders and, in deed, all Nigerians to protect our environment by embracing the tree planting culture”, the governor said, and promised to support the Congress through the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises platforms in order to promote their businesses.
Speaking earlier, the President, Kwara State Forestry Stakeholders Congress, Alhaji Abdullahi Agbobamu had disclosed that the Congress had resolved to embark on operation ‘Cut One, Plant Five Policy’ “to save the environment from deforestation.
Alhaji Agbobamu thanked the Governor for his concern and initiative towards proper and efficient management of the forest in all parts of the state and assured the governor that the Congress would continue to give maximum support to the present administration to enable it succeed.