By Oyinade Olufemilade
Arrangements were in top gear by University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) to establish a University-based forest made up of various species of forest trees.
Speaking on the development, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development), Prof. Clement Adeofun disclosed that the University had benefited from past gestures of the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) through a mandate by the Federal Government to select five universities across the nation for the planting of indigenous and exotic trees with the objective of complimenting the existing two percent of natural forest present in the country.
He said the land for the plantation was prepared and planted by FRIN while the University was saddled with the responsibility of maintaining it. He added that the University would continue to preserve it, stressing that the concept for the plantation was also to provide boundaries for FUNAAB.
The DVC (Development) noted that planting was going to be a continuous exercise depending on how the first phase that was donated would be managed by the University, adding that a plan was already in progress by the institute to donate an additional five to 10 hectares next year. Prof. Adeofun thanked the Vice-Chancellor for approving 10 hectares of the University’s choicest pieces of land for the plantation of the plants that were donated by FRIN, stressing that when members of FRIN met with the Vice Chancellor, he gave an approval for the allocation of the best place for the project disclosing the Vice Chancellor has lauded the institute for the collaboration.