By Mitchelle Uzorka
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has said the government is strengthening partnerships with stakeholders, including multi-national organisations, on the implementation of programmes, policies and initiatives to regenerate forests and conserve biodiversity.
The governor said this in commemoration of International Mother Earth Day, marked across the world by the United Nations and its various organs.
He added that the state was working with security agencies to prevent illegal exploitation of forest reserves, saying: “Stakeholders, including private investors and local communities, should support the government’s implementation of policies and guidelines to protect our forest belt.
On April 22, people unite to celebrate International Mother Earth Day. The day is to focus on the responsibility to rebuild our troubled relationship with nature. It recognizes that “the Earth and its ecosystems are our home” and that “it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.”