By; KUNLE SANNI, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has reaffirmed commitment to forest management and environmental protection in the state.
The Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Garba Hussain made this known while speaking with newsmen in Kaduna.
According to him, presently concerted effort is being made by the ministry towards addressing problem of illegal felling of trees and environmental degradation.
He also said priority attention was given to waste management and evacuation in the state. Alhaji Ibrahim Hussain however warned people on the dangers of dumping refuse and other hard substances in water ways which caused serious environmental hazards to the public.
The commissioner also advised people to steer clear of negative acts such as illegal felling of trees for the purpose of making charcoal or other things.
According to him unnecessary cutting of trees is also causing soil erosion removal of nutrients as well as expose people to problems of climate change.
He further stressed that the Kaduna State Government has directed the 23 local government areas to provide 10 hectares of land each for the purpose of planting trees to serve as wind break and to protect the environment.
He maintained that the ministry of environment have set up a committee consisting charcoal producers, fire wood sellers and other stakeholders in an effort to effectively tackle the problems of illegal cutting of trees in different parts of Kaduna State.
Alhaji Ibrahim Garba Hussain therefore identified poor funding as serious hindrance to forest management activities.