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Borno to amend edict to check tree felling, desertification

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The Borno State Government plans to amend tree felling and bush-burning edict in its fight against desertification and environmental degradation.

The edict, being enforced for over two decades, was ineffective to check illegal felling of trees and bush burning in the state.

While announcing review at launch of 2020 Tree Planting Campaign at Borno State University (BOSU), Maiduguri, Governor Babagana Zulum said the state government would review and send it to the House of Assembly for amendment.

According to him, the amendment will halt indiscriminate tree felling and bush burning, desert encroachment in 12 councils.

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He stated that poverty and insecurity had led to the destruction of trees and
desertification, as well as deforestation.

“One of this administration’s 10-point agenda entails tree planting to encourage agro-forestry and environmental restoration. “Human activities, including bush burning, illegal tree felling have continuously put pressure on fragile eco-system and threatened food security and fuel desert encroachment.

He lamented that the state, is among the front line states facing desertification challenge in Nigeria.

On halting desertification, Zulum said: “We’re seriously concerned and committed to reversing the environment degradation, so as to prevent people from massive tree felling and bush burning,” he said.

He added that government aims at sensitising communities on three-phased problems of deforestation, desertification, degradation and their impacts on human and animal lives.

He said the general public are also to contribute as individuals and groups in all communities affected by desertification. “This is to reduce and modify behaviours, exploitation and negative attitudes to our fragile environment,” he noted.

The governor stated that government had commenced raising of seedlings to reclaim one kilometre of desert yearly. According to him, the reclamation programme is being handled by Ministry of Environment.

He said the state government would henceforth; make it a policy that all construction works should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion environmental impacts.

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