The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has commended the Kwara State government for initiating the two bills that amended the laws regulating the operation of Chainsaw Men and prohibition of charcoal production in the state.

 Prof. Abdulkareem, who gave the kudos last Tuesday (June 5, 2018), while declaring open the 2018 Northern Africa Regional Meeting (NARM 2018) organised by the International Forestry Students' Association at the University Auditorium, described the two bills as a step in a right direction.

   The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented on the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Bolaji Fatai Sule, said that the two bills recently passed by the state House of Assembly are aimed at safeguarding the total destruction of forests in the state.

   Pledging the University management's support for the two bills, Prof. Abdulkareem expressed optimism that if properly implemented, the bills will encourage planting of trees to replace those felled by chainsaw men while illegal production, transportation and sale of charcoal will be curbed. 

        In his presentation, the Keynote Speaker, Prof. Shedrach Olufemi Akande of Biometrics and Forest Inventory, Federal University of Technology, Akure, enjoined students of Forestry to be proud of the course and be bold to tell the world at large what they study so as to spread the importance of forestry to the human race. 

        Prof. Akande disclosed that the main objective of NARM 2018 was to create collaboration and intellectual discourse among the participants on development management leading to sustainable management of African Forest for the present and future generations. 

         In his own presentation, the Head of the Department of Forest Resources and Management, University of Ilorin, Dr. Fola Babalola, charged the youths to be alive to their roles in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

     Among the dignitaries that graced the NARM opening ceremony were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N. Y. S. Ijaiya; and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. Gabriel Olatunji