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Fintiri imposes ban on tree felling

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Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has banned the felling of trees and burning of wood for charcoal.

The governor advised residents who use charcoal for domestic cooking to find alternative energy sources.

He said an existing law against tree cutting and other forms of deforestation would henceforth be strictly enforced.

While receiving traditional rulers, and later members of the state House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bathiya Wesley, who paid him Sallah homage on Thursday, Fintiri urged them to play their respective roles in the implementation of the state’s anti-deforestation law.

The governor said: “We have reached the firm decision that there should be no felling of trees and production of charcoal. All of us are expected to play our part to ensure that the law against tree cutting which we have not been implementing should now be implemented strictly.

“I said this to the traditional rulers when they came. We must all do what we need to do in our respective capacities. We have to encourage our people to turn to sustainable alternatives to charcoal”.

The governor explained that extensive felling of trees mostly to burn and produce charcoal had been found to cause flooding around the state.

“We have seen places that were hitherto free of flooding now being frequently flooded, causing destruction to our farms, homes and valuable assets”, Finitri added.

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