The Ekiti State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning , Femi Ajayi , has lamented the deforestation of the Ise Forest Reserve in Ise Ekiti in the Ise -Orun Local Government Area of the state by elements planting cannabis.
The commissioner said, “ One of the greatest challenges in the forest of Ise is the deforestation occasioned by the people that are planting cannabis who cut down economic trees at a premature stage to pave way for their illegal activities . ”
Ajayi , who spoke in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on Friday during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on Ise Forest Reserve Chimpanzee Conservation between Ekiti State Government and South -West Niger Delta Forest Project , said, “ With this conservation , I think those people who are planting cannabis will find their way out in addition to the numerous benefits of the project ”.
The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources , Iyabo Fakunle -Okieimen , who signed on behalf of the state government , said the five -year renewable partnership project with SWNDFP involving 33 .3 kilometres of Ise forest being conserved for this project “ is to protect wildlife especially chimpanzee. ”
SWNDFP Director , Racheal Ashegbofe , who lauded Governor Kayode Fayemi ’s commitment to conservation of forests, said the project would “ protect the area from encroachment from the devastation it has experienced over the years and as well nurture the forest back to where it is supposed to be , a pristine forest that would mitigate against climate change ” .