By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Taraba Madrid/Timer Buyers Association on Wednesday said it almost concluded plans to plant five millions trees to check the effect of climate change in the state.
Mr Josiah Magaji, the Taraba Chairman of the association disclosed this at a press conference in Jalingo.
Magaji noted that the association had applied to the Taraba government for approval of five hectares of land for the planting of the seedlings in the phase one of the project.
The chairman, who noted that the planed project became possible when trucks have started loading timber directly from the state.
Magaji said some seven members of the association, who violated the constitution of the association were expelled and were now teaming up with the Processed Wood Marketers Association of Nigeria (PROWWAN) based in Lagos to cause confusion in the state.
“Some individuals who have violated the constitution of the association have been expelled and they have decided to team up with PROMWAM based in Lagos to introduce faction in our association in the state.
“The reason why PROMWAM teamed up with the expelled persons is because, our association refused to allow it to continue to suppress and divert revenues and benefits meant for Taraba.
“In 2017, our association in collaboration Tropical Wood Exporters Association of Nigeria based in Lagos the Federal Ministry of Environment and got the mandate of the collect N100,000 per container of Wood for afforestation campaign across the nation.
“Our association want to make it clear that we cannot be supplying 45 per cent to 55 per cent of the wood exported while the tree planting campaign takes place in different states,” he said.
Magaji called on the public, especially the rural communities to quickly report any unfamiliar faces to security agents as some strangers are infiltrating the state in the name of wood buying.