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13 states, wood exporters seal deal to ‘cut 1 plant 2’

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As part of renewed efforts to maintain sustainable forest resources, 13 State governments and Tropical Wood Exporters Association of Nigeria (TWEAN) have commenced moves to regenerate the depleted nation’s forests.

The group has sealed a new deal in line with the Federal Government’s policy of cut one, plant two trees, to, cut one, plant seven trees.

TWEAN Secretary General, Joseph Odiase told newsmen, in Lagos yesterday that the group, in collaboration with some state governments has embarked on massive forestation programme with a view to arresting the menace of deforestation.

Odiase said between Ogun and Ekiti states, the group has acquired over 1,000 hectares of land for tree planting

He hinted that Osun, Kogi, Kwara, Taraba, Benue, Edo, Akwa-Ibom, Jigawa, Katsina, Niger, Oyo and Ondo have started discussing with exporters to create tree farms in the states.

He said they are ready and willing to partner with the federal government to tackle the effect of climate change in Nigeria.

“We must protect and preserve the forest for this and future generations because these forests also help in the sustenance and preservation of the environment.

“We are working with the Ministry of Environment as they have promised to provide technical support when needed.


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