Cabinet has approved the appointment of new members to the board of directors of the National Forestry Authority (NFA).
According to the Minister of Information and National Guidance Rose Namayanja, the newly approved members follow the expiry of the previous board's term that ended October 1, 2013. The lack of a board has since affected NFA's operations.
The new members include Chairperson Onyango Gunyalli Gersom , Tubwita Grace, Bongozya Stephen Mugumya, Langoya Council Dickson and Dr. Maggie Kigozi as members.
These members are to serve for a term of three years.
Namayanja noted that the new board is to assume office and start operations with effect from 1st July 2014 to 1st July 2018.
The National Forestry Authority is a body corporate, established under the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act to manage and develop central forest reserves.
Namayanja noted that a board of directors is provided for under the Authority and is responsible for the general direction and supervision of the authority.
“The board in its performance of its functions is responsible to the Minister and it advises on policy formulation, planning and ensuring that the implementation of the National Forestry Authority functions are compliant to the forestry policy, national forestry plan and tree planting Act and other relevant Government laws and policies” said Namayanja.
Namayanja also noted that the new board will make significant contribution to restore and add value to the forest resources by undertaking re-forestation and afforestation of central forest reserves.
She added that the board is to also promote the participation of the population in tree planting schemes and enhancing private investment in forestry through promotion of commercial tree planting which will lead to the restoration of forest cover; growth of forestry based industries, employment and increased incomes.