The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo said governments at all levels must conquer illegal felling of trees and poaching in the country to protect the forests from destruction.
On Tuesday, Obasanjo spoke in Ibadan at the 42nd annual conference of Forest Association of Nigeria which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the association.
Obasanjo represented by Deacon Sunday Agusa, said, “We must ensure that we do not, arising from our negligence, lose our endangered species. We must begin to harness, document, and advance the innumerable benefits of our forests in solving contemporary health issues.
“We must begin to look at and devise means of protecting our forests from those who are concerned about today without an iota of consideration for the resultant effects of their actions and inactions.”
Former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, in his speech, encouraged the Nigerian governments to arrest the wave of deforestation in the land in a bid to avert the danger of global warming and climate change.