The Nasarawa State Government has donated 5.6 hectares of land to the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) for the establishment of the institute’s outstation in the state.
Mr. Usman Abu, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Environment, made the presentation of the land on Monday in Nasarawa.
Abu said that the handing over of the land to the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria followed an application by the Federal Ministry of Environment, which was approved by the state government.
According to him, the land will assist FRIN in meeting its mandates to conduct research into all aspects of forestry, forest products utilisation, wildlife, watershed management and agro-forestry.
Abu commended critical stakeholders, particularly the Emir of Nasarawa, Mr. Ibrahim Usman, for their support and cooperation in securing the land.
He said that the host communities and the state would benefit a lot when the research institute’s outstation begins full operation.
The Emir of Nasarawa, Mr. Ibrahim Usman, said the partnership between the state and the Nigerian government toward establishing the research institute’s outstation was a welcome development.
The Emir noted that the partnership would go a long way in checkmating environmental degradation and effects of climate change in the state and the country at large.