A REVIEW OF THE SOCIO ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FORESTRY IN NIGERIA

Gloria Akpabio, Anthony P. Akadi, Rogers I. Wilcox

Abstract


Forest forms a very significant part of human ecosystem. In fact, man’s existence without forestry resources is unthinkable as man depends on these resources for most of his needs – food, shelter, fiber, medicine, fuel wood, etc. This paper critically appraises the overall contributions of forestry the socio economic development of Nigeria. It also spotlights some of the factors militating against meaningful development of forestry in Nigeria. Notable amongst challenges militating the effect uses and management of the Nigerian forest includes; deforestation, availability of land, unseen catastrophes and environmental issues amongst others. The paper argues that in view of the critical importance and pivotal role of forestry in rural development in Nigeria, the sector ought to be accorded the attention it deserves. Amongst the recommendations proffered to enhance forestry development in Nigeria include checking the nefarious activities of illegal tree fellers and loggers; total re-evaluation of government conservation policy; acquisition of more lands by government for forestry development and encouragement of mass participation in forest development.


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