Experts highlight benefits of sustainable forest development

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Prof. Olukayode Ogunsanwo, the Head of Department, Forest Production and Products, University of Ibadan has called for sustainable forest development in the country because of its diverse benefits.

Ogunsanwo, who made the call during the matriculation of the 2018/19 academic session of the Federal College of Forestry (FCF), Ibadan, said that sustainable forest development would improve the nation’s economy.

He defined sustainable development as the development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

He said that over 70 per cent of the world, especially the rural people mostly sought their livelihood through forests.

Ogunsanwo, who is also the National Secretary of Forestry Association of Nigeria, listed the benefits of forests to include the environmental, industrial, research, employment, medical, social, and spiritual functions.

“The forest resources should be managed effectively through sustainable development; we should manage the forests well so that the unborn generation will also gain from it.

“We should use the environment in such a way that it will be socially and economically viable and environmentally friendly.

“When you cut a tree, you cut your fresh air but it’s a pity that people do this ignorantly,” he said.

Prof. Adeshola Adepoju, the Director-General of the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), advised the students to be more concerned with their future and focus on their studies.

Adepoju, however, promised that the institution would do its best to make the lives of the students better and improve forestry research in the college and Nigeria at large.

No fewer than 262 matriculated students swore oath of allegiance at the ceremony.

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Mazino Dickson-Amagada has been a practicing journalist with vast experience in print, broadcast and online journalism, as well as early training in the civil society organization sector.