Bush burning is illegal and works against the preservation of the ecosystem, Anambra State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Mike Egbebike, has warned.

Egbebike said Monday in Onitsha in a telephone interview that the practice was condemnable.

He warned that anyone caught engaging in the act would be prosecuted under the state’s environment laws.

The commissioner was reacting to the growing incidents of bush burning following the onset of harmattan.

According to him, the practice is hazardous to the environment as it releases pollutants harmful to every living thing into the atmosphere.

“It is part of the green house gases that depletes the ozone layer and heighten global warming which we are trying to curtail in our environment.

“It alters the ecosystem and renders plants and animals vulnerable and our soil vulnerable to environmental degradation.

“If such fires are not controlled on time, especially at night, it might lead to economic losses such as houses and property being burnt or loss of human lives within the neighbourhood,’’ he noted.

He, however, advised the people of the state to keep all inflammable materials far from areas of residence and desist from careless ignition of fire to avoid any disaster

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