Oyo govt revokes 26,000 hectares of land allotted under ex-Gov Ajimobi

The Oyo State Government says its decision to revoke the 26,000 hectares of forest reserve land allocated by the immediate past administration was in the interest of the state.

Briefing newsmen on Tuesday over the revocation, Mr. Kehinde Ayoola, the state Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, said the allocation was illegal and not for agricultural purpose as claimed by the past administration.

According to Ayoola, the administration of ex-Governor Abiola Ajimobi “illegally allocated” 6,000 and another 20,000 hectares to individuals at Gambari in Oluyole Local Government Area and Opara in Oke Ogun area of the state.

“Their claim was that the allocations were for agricultural purposes, but you cannot see any farming or other agricultural activities going on in any of the areas now.

“It is very unfortunate that the administration that was supposed to preserve forests in the state to fight global warming was depleting them.

“It is ungodly for anybody to do anything that would reduce the size of our forests or to take such for themselves.

“The present government will do everything to secure and protect its forest reserves and also take steps to expand its forest resources,” the commissioner said.

(NAN)
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