Mrs Oluwafunke Adewumi, the Kwara State Coordinator, Raw Material Research and Development Council (RMRDC), has called on Kwara government to ban cutting of commercial trees to save raw materials in the state.
Adewumi, who made the call in Ilorin on Friday during an interview, said continuous cutting of commercial trees would lead to waste of raw materials in the state.
According to her, Kwara is blessed with enormous raw materials which deserve special attention and effort to effectively utilise to boost the local industries.
“Kwara is raw material rich. Only special laws are needed to prevent cutting down of useful trees in the bush.
“Most of the Shear trees in the bush are no more in existence.
“People cut it for charcoal and domestic use. We can gain more from using such rich tree for production of Shea butter than for charcoal.
“People should stop wasting our raw materials. We can gain more from our rich trees than desperately cutting it for selfish use.
“Kwara state government should enact a strict law to prevent such desperate act by the public.
“I am calling on Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led administration to enforce indiscriminate cutting of economic trees in the state,” she said.
Adewumi said that the council was doing everything possible to sensitise the public on best way to tap into raw materials as a means to boost economy.
According to her, the council in the past has collaborated with Olam to train and equipped farmers with new technology to practice production.
“We organised capacity building workshop to help train and encourage interested farmers on way the forward. We also constantly embark on industrial visit to tell them how they can operate,” she said.
The coordinator, however, called on students to imbibe the culture of entrepreneurship and stop waiting for white collar jobs after school.