Basking in the euphoria of his 80th birthday, Founder, Evergreen Tree Planters, Giwa Bisi Rodipe, has said that Nigeria as a rain forest country, has all it takes to restore and rejuvenate the forestry sector for wealth creation, sustainable environment and industrial prosperity.The Ijebu illustrious son and three time  council chairman of Ijebu Ode Local Government spoke during the birthday celebration  in Ijebu Ode, his hometown.This is even as Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun  has described the celebrator as a passionate tree planter who  had defined himself not only by his character, but by his ideals and passions.Rodipe, said that his campaign for the sustainability of forest resources for the benefit of humanity, the environment and as a reliable means of wealth creation was pivotal to the growth and development of the nation.

He disclosed that he had been able to influence many private individuals and institutions of higher learning, most especially the University of Ilorin, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.The choice of his  birthday symposium on Sustainable Forest Resources Management of the nation, he disclosed  was a climax of his concerted tree planting promotional programme.He added that Nigeria as a rain forest country, has all it takes to restore and rejuvenate the forestry sector for wealth creation, sustainable environment and industrial prosperity.On his part, Abiodun expressed delight that the path Rodipe had  chosen was not because of the income in the profession, “but because of his concern for the environment”.Describing him as a mentor that generations yet on born should look unto, the governor urged people  to always appreciate the passion the forester had for forestry.He added that his passion for forestry and the environment was unparalleled and that he deserves a national award, for being a role model in afforestation.”We must appreciate his passion for afforestation that is unparalleled, I have never met anyone who thinks about tree planting, he has being successful in afforestation and I think he deserves an award for loving our forests and the environment”, the governor stated.” We look at you as a mentor, we look at you and find ways to fit into your rather big shoe so that we can take after you,so that we can learn from you and we can also be as passionate as you are in different things that matter to the world and environment because what you’ve chosen is not just because it as provided a means of income for you but because of your concern for the environment,” he said.In her remarks, wife of the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo said that there were much lessons to be learnt from the life of Chief Bisi Rodipe, adding that his life teaches patience in anything a man does.”Their is so much to learn from him, sitting here among professors, doctors, this is what has got my attention and it is what I will remember his birthday for, what he does teaches us patience, a person that does not have patience cannot plant a tree, he is teaching us to do things even if it will take time to see the end, it is with patience one succeeds,” he said.  The chairman of the occasion, Professor Akin Mabogunje described the celebrator as a  passionate man who physically enjoys growing trees, adding that he was diligent in his service and stood before kings.In his keynote address, Prof. Labode Poppola, represented by Prof. Saka Oladunni Jimoh, lamented that the forestry sector over the years had suffered neglect.Calling on states to pay more attention to the sector. Popoola added that their inability to check the tide of corruption had contributed to the decline of the forestry sector in the country.

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