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Kwara Assembly Urges Strict Enforcement of Tree Planting Policy to Combat Global Warming

The Kwara State House of Assembly has called on the state government to direct the Ministry of Environment to enforce strict compliance with the ‘Five to One’ tree planting policy as a necessary measure to combat global warming.

The Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Danlad-Salihu, announced the resolution following the adoption of a motion on notice titled “Global Warming: Need to Halt Indiscriminate Felling of Trees and Ensure Strict Adherence to the Five for Each One Tree Policy in Kwara State.”

The House Leader and representative of Ilorin Central Constituency, Barrister Abdulkadir Magaji sponsored the motion.

The assembly said this is part of its efforts to address the state’s environmental degradation and promote sustainable development practices.

In addition to ensuring compliance with the tree planting policy, the House urged the state government to direct the Ministry of Environment to apprehend and fine unlicensed chainsaw operators who are indiscriminately cutting down trees in the forest reserves.

The Assembly also called on the State Ministry of Communications to intensify media awareness campaigns on the dangers of indiscriminate tree felling.

Barrister Magaji highlighted the reckless actions of some individuals who continue to cut down trees for charcoal production, with unlicensed chainsaw operators roaming the forests unchecked.

He emphasized the urgent need to address these activities to protect the environment.

Contributing to the discussion, co-sponsor Hon. Saba Gideon, representing Edu Constituency, noted that while charcoal production might not pose significant environmental threats in other parts of the world, the situation is different in Nigeria due to the lack of adherence to regulations governing tree felling.

He stressed that planting trees, including flowers, would mitigate the effects of global warming.

Other lawmakers echoed these concerns, describing deforestation as a severe threat to the environment and aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 13, which focuses on climate action.

Reports indicate that Kwara State has forest reserves covering over five thousand square meters, but more than fifty percent of these reserves have been encroached upon by chainsaw operators and charcoal producers.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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