Plateau government reactivates environmental laws on illegal logging | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Plateau government said it had reactivated its environmental laws to protect the environment, especially against illegal logging.

State Environment Commissioner Usman Idi revealed this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Jos on Monday.

Idi said the measure has become imperative to tackle the adverse effects of climate change in the state.

He said reactivated environmental laws would support and control the act of cutting down trees in the state, with the aim of tackling deforestation and desertification.

He said the state government was working under federal law that had been domiciled and domesticated in the state with respect to tree felling, resulting in penalties for illegal tree felling. .

The commissioner also said the ministry had in the past arrested and prosecuted many people who indiscriminately felled trees in order to deter others.

He said measures had been put in place to reduce illegal logging that could occur in remote areas of the state that served as forest reserves.

He said all officers attached to the forest reserves had been warned to ensure they patrolled areas to save them, warning that anyone caught in areas of the reserve chopping down trees would be prosecuted.

Idi urged the people of the state to report anyone seen illegally cutting down trees to the nearest ministry or divisional forestry office.

He also called on the population to appropriate the trees planted by the government as they were for the mutual benefit of all.

He advised them to start looking for alternative sources of energy besides firewood, saying the reckless felling of trees was very damaging to the forest and the environment.