The Ondo State Gov
ernment said last Thursday that it would revamp its forest reserves in different locations in the state.
The Commissioner for Natural Resources MrTunde Atere, told newsmen in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area, that government would not allow the project to waste away.
Atere, who was on inspection visit to the Ondo State Afforestation Project (OSAP) located at Ore, remarked that the project was once a beehive of economic activities.
He said that the site had now been deserted, but assured that the state government was ready to bring it back to life.
“The state of things here now is appalling despite the availability of natural resources embedded therein.
“But we have resolved to restore its former glory by making use of all available means.
“We are going to resuscitate the afforestation project.
“OSAP will be a better place and a gold mine for the state.
“Gov. OlusegunMimiko has released some money to revamp the project.
“And as you can see, we have started cutting old trees to encourage young ones to grow while we are planting new ones to rejuvenate the forests.
“Also, all our earth-moving articulated machines taken away will be recovered and those that needed to be repaired will have our attention.
“The moribund clinic and the water dam meant to cater for fish ponds will also be attended to.”
Atere expressed optimism that when the entire project was fully revamped, the project would be able to cater for the economic needs of the state.
“By the end of this revamping work, OSAP will create jobs and be our economic status,” he said.
He warned encroachers to stay away from the government reserves for the betterment of the present and future generation.
The commissioner said that the state government had set up a committee to curb activities of encroachers.
“So, water from the borehole would be at certain depths following instructions and procedures, putting samples and carrying out analysis you will be able to determine the quality.’’
The head of department noted that lack of commitment on part of relevant agencies was a major challenge in the implementation of the standard for drinking water quality.
The Ondo State Gov