Niger state establishes task force on deforestation

Abdul Mohammed Isa, Niger State

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Niger state Government in North central Nigeria, has intensified efforts towards putting an end to unfortunate indiscriminate felling of trees for charcoal and timber business across the state.

This was stated by the Secretary to the state government Alhaji Ibrahim Matane on Wednesday in a statement to Voice of Nigeria.

Matane who said the state Task force on Forest Exploitation has been ordered to auctioned about 500 bags of charcoal confiscated from dealers of the commodity in the state further enjoined the Task Force to intensify effort towards putting an end to the unfortunate incident while assuring them of Government

“Soil erosion, desertification and land degradation are some of the challenges faced by the people as a result of indiscriminate felling of trees”, Matane added

The Niger State SSG who lamented that the act of felling of trees in the name of charcoal and timber remains a threat to the community, pointed out that despite several efforts embarked upon by the Government in fighting the trend.

“Niger state government would not rest on its oars in ensuring the full protection of forests in the State”.

While soliciting for the support of traditional rulers, community leaders and other stakeholders to cooperate with the Government in combating the menace.

The SSG further assured of the state government’s continued support and cooperation to succeed in the campaign against deforestation in the state.

The Coordinator, Niger State Task Force on Forest Exploitation, Saidu Alfa also decried that the act of felling of trees in the name of charcoal remains a threat to the society however expressed optimism that under the present administration the culture would be fought accordingly.

Hauwa Mustapha