From Daily Independent via Factiva
To boost its revenue generation through forestry, Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has set up a committee to reposition the sector.
The six-man panel, headed by Prof. Bayonle Olorede, Provost of the Post Graduate College of the Osun State University, has been given three weeks to submit a report on how to stimulate the sector for optimum performance.
Other members of the committee are: former chairman Task Force on Forestry, Mr Adelowo Adebiyi; general manager Osun Parks and Gardens, Mr Musibau Akinromade; chairman Osun Timber Contractors’ Association, Mr Yusuf Okunade; a retired forester, Dr Henry Olufemi Bibilari and Mr Sina Amusan, who will serve as secretary.
The committee is expected to resolve issues relating to the closure of the forests since last year and other outstanding matters among stakeholders in the sector.
It is also to suggest ways to enhance Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from the unit and give other recommendations that may be necessary.
After its first meeting, Prof Olorede promised that the committee would live up to its responsibilities by making recommendations that will enable the state to maximize the potentials in the sector.
He said the committee had mapped out strategy that would help to put an end to the factors militating against the performance of the sector.
Olorede said: We are ready to find out the remote and immediate causes as regards why forestry was closed since 2018 in the state.
Our task must premise largely on how the state can generate revenue and block all the leakages by building a robust and improved forestry management in the state.
We have had the inaugural meeting where we mapped out strategy to ensure that the terms of reference are met. We have been working assiduously to help the state to curb the leakages in the sector.
We are going to meet with the relevant agencies and stakeholders to ensure that all the problems in the forest are resolved.
We have received series of petition and complaints, and all these will be compiled, processed and analysed to ensure that all the issues militating against the advancement of the sector are addressed for the betterment of the state and its citizens.
We see this as a clarion call to serve humanity by being fair, impartial and just in our findings and recommendations,” he added.