The distribution of free tree seedlings to residents of Ogun State has commenced. The initiative by the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration is aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.
Commissioner for Forestry in Ogun State, Mr Kolawole Lawal, explained that the motive behind the programme was not just to plant trees, but to nurture the trees to maturity, adding that it was only when this was achieved that it would become beneficial to the people and the environment.
“We have begun the distribution of free tree seedlings and we will ensure we monitor their planting after collection, to the time it becomes fully grown.
“We also ensure that we visit the farms often, because the survival of the planted trees is the most important thing that will be of benefit to the people,” Mr Lawal said.
The Commissioner expressed satisfaction at the rate people had turned out for the collection and urged members of the public to key into the tree planting exercise by applying for the free tree seedlings at the Ministry’s headquarters.