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NGO warns Abuja residents against indiscriminate bush burning

Mr Kelvin Dzeremo, Executive Director, Foundation for Economic Empowerment and Educational Development (FEED), an NGO, on Wednesday warned FCT residents against indiscriminate bush burning to forestall unintentional destruction of property.

Dzeremo gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.

He said that some residents usually engaged in indiscriminate bush burning during the dry season, adding that such practice had often resulted in wanton destruction of lives and property.

He noted that some rural dwellers, who were purportedly hunters, had wreaked havoc on many farms, lives and property on a yearly basis through bush burning; all in the name of hunting down animals.

The executive director said that bush burning even destroyed soil fertility, adding that the development could thwart efforts to boost agricultural production in the country.

Dzeremo underscored the need for the government, its agencies and other relevant stakeholders to sensitise the citizens to the dangers of bush burning.

“The public sensitisation effort should particularly target people in the rural areas so as to enable them to fully understand the consequences of bush burning on the ecosystem.

“It will also help to enlighten the people on the potential threats of bush burning to the people’s livelihoods and properties,’’ he said.
Besides, Dzeremo warned the people to be mindful of their electrical gadgets, particularly the pieces of equipment which could spark and ignite fire.

He also emphasised the need for the people to regularly clean their surroundings so as to prevent outbreak of diseases.

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