By Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
Following the advanced stage which the first phase of Asejire – Owena Road beautification project being undertaken by the government of Osun State has reached, the second phase of 30 kilometer beautification project shall kick-off this year.
The state Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Professor Olubukola Oyawoye, made this disclosure while speaking at the quarterly ministerial press briefing at the Conference Room of the State Ministry of Information and Strategy.
According to the Commissioner, because the first phase of the road beautification project covering the 30 kilometer Asejire to Gbongan road has reached an advanced stage with the introduction of treated bamboo as protective hedges for the median, the second phase of another 30 kilometer stretch from Gbongan towards Ile-Ife will commence very soon.
She added that in the ministry’s park and gardens; nurseries, ornamental, indigenous and medicinal trees are being raised and distributed to members of the public, interested schools and organizations, as a matter of policy.
The Commissioner disclosed that in 2012, the state government released a sum of N95.685million for plantation of teak and Emelina in each of the selected 150 secondary schools across the state and in the two state government’s owned polytechnics.
Professor Oyawoye further added that this year, 120 hectares of teak plantation are being established in all the Forest Reserves, while 292 hectares previously established are being properly maintained.
The Commissioner finally declared that despite under-staffing, office accommodation, funding and operational vehicles limitations, the Ministry generated a total sum of N34.994 between January and March, this year.