Tuesday 17th October, 2017
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Kogi recruits 100 forest guards

Kogi recruits 100 forest guards

The Kogi Government has employed 100 forest guards for ef­fective policing of forests across the 21 local govern­ment areas of state.
The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, disclosed this in Lokoja at the training programme organised for the newly recruited forest guards.
She said that the recruit­ment process had been concluded, while the 100 guards, who were engaged, had undergone different stages of training.
“We have invited quali­fied resource persons from Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan, and National Parks, Abuja, who have been engaging them since last week with regard to their duties as for­est guards.
“The training would last for two weeks; the first day was theoretical, while all the remaining days would be purely practical aspects of forest policing and security functions,” she said.
The commissioner com­mended the state Gov ernor. Yahaya Bello for approving and supporting the recruit­ment of the guards, saying that the policy was the first of its kind in the state.
One of the resource per­sons from FRIN, Mr Ralph Adewoye, commended the government for the guards’ recruitment and the quality of training given to them.
“It is a plus to the govern­ment and people of Kogi State that this administra­tion is coming up at this point to protect the state’s forest reserves.
“I urge you to be part of history of those who are re­versing the trends of illegal logging activities, flooding, climate change, erosion and deforestation in Kogi State,’’ he said.
The Acting Head of Ser­vice, Mrs Kehinde Lawal, advised the forest guards to give quality service delivery and see their assignment as an opportunity to contrib­ute their own quota to na­tion building.
She also commended the governor for approving the recruitment of the guards to safeguard and protect the forests, as part of efforts to have a healthy environment. (NAN).
 

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