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BRIEF ON THE AGENCY

The Ministry of Forestry was carved out of the Ministry of Agriculture in August, 2004 (to become the first and only Ministry of Forestry in the Country) so as to fully exploit and develop the potentials of the State’s forest resource in all ramifications. The primary responsibility of the Ministry is to ensure rapid development of the State’s forest resources in all ramifications.  It is also to coordinate all forestry activities in the State with a view to ensuring controlled and orderly exploitation of timber and non-timber forest resources so as to prevent soil degradation and provide mitigation against other disasters such as erosion, flood, global warming etc. which could result from deforestation.

 

Ogun State can be considered as the cradle of Forestry in Nigeria because the first Forest Reserve in the country is situated here in Ogun State at Olokemeji, it was established in 1915. Apart from this, the State can also boast of the largest industrial tree plantation in the country – Ogun State Forestry Plantation Project, Area J4 occupying an area of 670.67sqkm.

 

The importance of forestry, particularly in Ogun State is extensive.  The forests make valuable contributions to the development of the economy of the State and to the general standard of living of the populace. Interestingly, Ogun State is naturally endowed with abundant forestry resources, which when harnessed could support wide range of economic activities in the State in particular and the nation in general.

ADDRESS:
FIRST FLOOR, BLOCK D, STATE     SECRETARIAT, OKE- MOSAN, ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE

POSTAL ADDRESS:

P.M.B 2008, SAPON, ABEOKUTA

POLITICAL HEAD
(Vacant)

ADMINISTRATIVE HEAD

DOLAPO OLUFEMI ADEWUMI (07010459109)

E-mail: info@ogunforestryoperations.com.ng

WEBSITE:

www.ogunforestryoperations.com.ng

Departments

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPLIES

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, RESEARCH AND STATISTICS

DEPARTMENT OF REGULATION AND UTILIZATION

DEPARTMENT OF SILVICULTURE

DEPARTMENT OF NON-TIMBER FOREST PROGRAMME

DEPARTMENT OF SURVEY, DEMARCATION, INVENTORY & EXTENSION

VISION

The vision is to pursue with vigour forest regeneration activities and reclamation of environmentally unstable areas in the State, and to develop and manage forest resources on sustainable yield basis to ensure continuous and uninterrupted supply of Timber and Non-Timber Forest Products.

 Mission

The Ministry’s mission is to ensure rapid development and conservation of our forest resources through regeneration and controlled exploitation of timber and non-timber forest resources for the purpose of economic development and environmental sustainability.

STATUTORY FUNCTIONS

The following are the mandates of the Ministry of Forestry:

  • Ensuring adequate and continuous supply of forest products through the development and orderly exploitation of the State’s forest resources in order to protect the environment and ecology.

                            

  • Protection of the State’s forest estates against any form of encroachment, damage or destruction and to regenerate the forests at a rate that is much higher than exploitation.

 

  • Mounting extensive campaigns on the need for private individuals, schools, communities, organized private sector, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to grow trees on their farmland and within their surroundings.

 

  • Development, management and protection of wildlife in order to prevent the extinction of rare and endangered species.

 

  • Protection of the environment through the prevention and control of pollution, Afforestation and regeneration of degraded areas, and research into core forestry programmes.

 

  • Planning, promoting and coordinating forestry programmes through environmental impact assessment (EIA), Eco-regeneration, assistance to organization, implementing environmental and extension research and training to augment the requisite manpower and creation of awareness worldwide.

 

  • Sustaining development and human wellbeing through the implementation of policies and programmes that promotes global climate change mitigation.

DEPARTMENTS

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPLIES

Director

OKPANDU, MOJISOLA TAIBAT (MRS.)

 

PHONE:: 07080115944

EMAIL:okpandu@gmail.com

Duties

  • The Administration & Supplies Department has the responsibility of coordinating the activities of members of staff. It performs the following statutory functions:
    (i) Recruitment and Training
    (ii) Promotion of eligible officers
    (iii) Staff welfare and Discipline
    (iv) Procurement & Maintenance
    (v) Record Keeping
    (vi) Management of toll collecting points.

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS

Director:

MR. OLUJIMI JOSEPH OLAJIDE

PHONE: 08033444093

EMAIL: olajidejosepho@yahoo.com

Duties

(i) Receipt and lodgment of all revenues accruing to the Ministry into Banks.
(ii) Dealing with matters relating to emolument of staff.
(iii) Make payments of expenditure duly authorized by the Honourable Commissioner or the Permanent Secretary as the case may be.
(iv) Collation of all financial data relating to the activities of the Ministry.
UNITS
a. Finance Section
b. Personnel Emoluments Section
c. Expenditure/Payment Section
d. Accounts Section.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, RESEARCH AND STATISTICS

Director:

MR. KAYODE OLALEKAN ONANUGA

PHONE:

08034745446

EMAIL: kaycrown2002@yahoo.com

Duties

i. Preparation of Annual Budget and Development of other short, medium and long term plans.
ii. Effective monitoring and evaluation/appraisal of projects.
iii. Preparation and publication of monthly, quarterly and yearly reports on the programmes and projects executed by the Ministry.
iv. Production and co-ordination of data requirements in respect of the Ministry’s Technical Aids/External Assistance.
v. Impact assessment of projects/programmes of the Ministry using the relevant indicators.
vi. Research into areas of interest of the Ministry with the aim of building a viable data bank for reference purpose.
vii. Collection, Collation, Analysis, Interpretation and publication of information for policy making.
viii. Creation and maintenance of data base of suppliers and contractors of the Ministry.
ix. Establishment and Maintenance of the Ministry’s Electronic data base.
x. Computerization of the activities of the Ministry for an efficient Management Information System. (MIS).
UNITS
(a) Planning
(b) Research & statistics
(c) Library Services

DEPARTMENT OF REGULATION AND UTILIZATION

Director:

MR. ADELEKE ‘TAYO ALAMU

PHONE: 

08037154035

EMAIL:

alamutayo@yahoo.com

Functions

i) Protection of the State Forest Estate from encroachment;
ii) Control of illegal felling in public and private forests;
iii) Carrying out Forest inventory with a view to ascertaining the quality, and stocking of forest reserves at any point in time;
iv) Registration and Supervision of timber contractors;
v) Registration and Supervision of Saw millers;
vi) Supervision of Contractors handling toll collecting points;
vii) Conservation and protection of endangered trees.

UNITS
i. Log Control
ii. Forest Protection
iii. Logging Operation
iv. Forest Utilization

DEPARTMENT OF SILVICULTURE

Director:

MR. EMMANUEL OLUSEGUN ADEDOKUN

PHONE:

08037768614

EMAIL:

adedokunsegun81@gmail.com

Functions

(i) To establish new forest plantations, using Agro-forestry and direct methods with a view to having a sustained wood production;
(ii) To maintain old and existing plantations by applying all necessary silvicultural operations;
(iii) To generate revenue for the government;
(iv) To address the twin problems of global warming and poverty among the populace;
(v) To carry out Forest inventory with a view to ascertaining the quality, and stocking of forest reserves at any point in time.
(vi) To create jobs especially for youths, retirees and rural dwellers.

DEPARTMENT OF NON-TIMBER FOREST PROGRAMME

Director:

DIRECTOR: DR. ISSA GBOTEMI ADELEYE

PHONE:

08055910729

EMAIL: issaadeleye1@yahoo.com

Functions

i. Conservation and Development of wildlife in the State with a view to protecting such for aesthetic, research, economic and recreational values.
ii. Development of parks and Gardens with a view to providing recreational facilities and more revenue to the government.
iii. Honey production (Apiculture)
iv. Silk production for the textile Industry (Sericulture)
v. Snail Domestication for local consumption and export
vi. Cane Rat (Grass cutter) domestication
vii. Wetland projects for all year round vegetable production.

DEPARTMENT OF SURVEY, DEMARCATION, INVENTORY & EXTENSION

Director:

MR. ADEWALE JAMES SHONUBI

PHONE:08060006282

EMAIL: shonubiadewale1000@gmail.com

Functions

  • Advising the accounting officer and other Departmental Heads on all financial matters.
  • Ensuring that monies are collected as and when due and keeping proper records of Accounts.
  • Providing information on financial regulations and other treasury and financial circulars.
  • Maintaining proper records of accounts such as main and subsidiary ledgers, cash book, DVEA book, personal advances and ledgers, etc.
  • Ensuring timely preparation of Financial Accounts and Financial Statements.

OTHER INFORMATION

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • ON-GOING PROJECTS
     Reclamation of Encroached parts of the Forest Reserve: The Ministry has commenced efforts to reclaim part of the Forest Reserves which had been encroached upon by farmers. The encroached areas are currently being replanted with forest trees. It is expected that at least 100ha would be reclaimed and planted with economic each year. The project would be an annual event until all the reclaimed areas are planted to trees.
     Plantation Establishment: The Ministry carries out an annual establishment of fresh forest plantations. This is carried out in a bid to increase the size of the State land covered by trees towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals 13 & 15.
     Coppice Management: The Ministry commenced coppice management operations on some of the exploited areas in the State’s Forest Reserves. This management technique is aimed at regenerating stumps of already felled trees to ensure that the shoot grow up to merchantable sizes.
     Automation of Forestry Operations: In a bid to regulate exploitation of round logs in the State, particularly within the Government controlled Forest Reserves, the Ministry designed and implemented a program for the automation of logging activities. The concept is named Automated System for Forestry Operations. The use of the automated system commenced fully at Area J4 of Omo Forest Reserve in 2015. Its use has been extended to Areas J1, J3 & J6 of the Reserve effective from January 2017. The program operates via a website designed for it (www.ogunforestryoperations.com.ng).

     

ONGOING PROJECT(S)

  •  Reclamation of Encroached parts of the Forest Reserve: The Ministry has commenced efforts to reclaim part of the Forest Reserves which had been encroached upon by farmers. The encroached areas are currently being replanted with forest trees. It is expected that at least 100ha would be reclaimed and planted with economic each year. The project would be an annual event until all the reclaimed areas are planted to trees.
     Plantation Establishment: The Ministry carries out an annual establishment of fresh forest plantations. This is carried out in a bid to increase the size of the State land covered by trees towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals 13 & 15.
     Coppice Management: The Ministry commenced coppice management operations on some of the exploited areas in the State’s Forest Reserves. This management technique is aimed at regenerating stumps of already felled trees to ensure that the shoot grow up to merchantable sizes.
     Automation of Forestry Operations: In a bid to regulate exploitation of round logs in the State, particularly within the Government controlled Forest Reserves, the Ministry designed and implemented a program for the automation of logging activities. The concept is named Automated System for Forestry Operations. The use of the automated system commenced fully at Area J4 of Omo Forest Reserve in 2015. Its use has been extended to Areas J1, J3 & J6 of the Reserve effective from January 2017. The program operates via a website designed for it (www.ogunforestryoperations.com.ng).

PROPOSED PROJECT(S)

• Marking/celebration of year 2020 International Day of Forests. The celebration comes up every March 21. The 2020 edition will come up on Saturday March 21, 2020. The celebration is carried out to raise awareness on the need to plant trees for mitigating climate change and global warming.

• Inventory of Forest Resources for Development of Forestry Master Plan: The Ministry plans to develop a functional Forestry Master Plan (FMP). The Master Plan is to help in the sustainable management of the available forestry resources. The first step towards the development of the Master Plan is to carry out comprehensive forest inventory.

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