Yola – Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa on Wednesday warned people of the state to stop wanton destruction of forests through indiscriminate felling of trees, and brush burning, to check desert encroachment.
Nyako gave the warning on the occasion to commemorate the 2013 World Environment Day in Yola.
“People must stop the wanton destruction of our green forests through indiscriminate felling of trees and brush burning.
“They should imbibe the habit of planting appropriate trees to check desert encroachment and improve substantially the desired eco-balancing of our environment.”
The governor, who was represented by the state Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Musa Kaibo, also warned that government would not take it lightly with any person or groups that threatened the environment.
He stressed the need for collaborative efforts to check Green House Gas emission, deforestation, and pollution to control the danger of global warming.
“We should do whatever it takes to make our world safer for habitation and for aesthetic consideration.”
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mrs. Arziki Sawa, said that the essence of the celebration of the 41st anniversary of World Environment Day, was to demonstrate to the citizens that the present administration was ready to tackle the environmental problems facing the state.
“This year’s celebration and campaign requires the people of the state to take action from their respective homes on the type of food they produce and eat, to minimise the environmental impact.”
She urged the people to purposefully select food that had less impact on the environment such as organic food that did not contain chemical in the production process.
The commissioner expressed concern that the northern part of the state had been identified as prone to desertification due to the loss of its vegetation resulting from wood exploitation.
She said seven local government areas were already marked as flood-prone areas due to effects of perennial flooding of Lagdo Dam in Cameroon and River Benue.
The areas include Fufore, Girei,Yola South, Yola north, Demsa,Numan and Lamurde local government areas, respectively.
She said that the state Ministry of Environment was making efforts to improve environmental protection services and waste collection disposal. (NAN)