Connect with us


Gov. Bello raises alarm over high rate of deforestation



Gov. Sanni Bello

Niger State Governor, Alhaji  Abubakar Sani-Bello has  alerted of imminent environmental disaster looming in the state due to indiscriminate felling of economic trees by some unpatriotic individual.

The governor who gave the warning during the flag-off ceremony of the promotion of cashew production in the state at Chegungi in Bida Local Government Area of the state, emphasized  on the “monumental” dangers if the uncontrolled tree felling in the State is not curbed.

Gov. Bello said: “People in the rural areas as well as some unpatriotic citizens of the state were felling economic trees, especially Shea Butter trees to make charcoals for economic benefits”.
He expressed fear that there might be no mature Shea-nut trees in a few years to come in the state.
According to him, “This event provides me the opportunity to also bring to your notice the report I received 2 days ago and this situation is as a result of tree felling, especially the Shea-nut trees that has bedeviled Niger State.
“We have always known that tree felling is wrong but we do not know the extent of the danger we are facing. A lot of people in our rural areas and some undisciplined and unpatriotic citizens in the State have resolved to caught down all our Shea-nut trees in the state for charcoal. For coal that is been exported out of Nigeria not even for the benefit of Nigerlites or Nigerians.
“At the rate we are going and from the report I received,  in the next 5-10 years there won’t be any mature Shea-nut tree in Niger State again. Hence forth, we must take this seriously and penalize whoever is caught selling charcoal. The law is there but I think we need to strengthen it more to penalize whoever is caught cutting down especially economic trees “.
He stated that in order to address the menace of tree felling in the state,  the state government would partner with Edu Soko Farms Ltd by purchasing cashew nuts seedlings and 10,000 would be distributed to each of the 25 local government areas of the state and to be planted in the 50 hectares of land which is to be prepared in each local government area.
The Governor who also flagged off this year’s National Cashew Planting season with a call to the people to strengthen the cashew value chain said that “apart from the economic potentials, the financial empowerment that will also come out of it is also important.
He said that aside from the economic and financial benefits, planting of cashew tree will go a long way to addressing some environmental challenges in the state and country at large.
“We must take tree planting seriously. The good thing about planting trees especially cashew and and other economic trees is that apart from addressing environmental issues it is also a way of economic empowerment”.
The Governor also stressed the need to embark on planting of palm kernel trees as studies have shown that “we have better palm kernel trees in the state,” and it will help improve the Internally Generated Revenue of the state. Adding that these are cash crops that are internationally traded in a lot of stock exchanges and community markets.
He then called on the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State council of traditional rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, other traditional rulers as well as the entire people of the state to engage in sensitizing the people on the need to engage in tree planting.
Earlier, the Minister of State,  Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibrin explained that there is need to key into cashew planting initiative of the Etsu Nupe and the Nigeria Cashew Alliance in order to ensure that we project cashew product to the highest level. Adding that it is a very important project that needs to be supported by all.
He emphasized the need to add value to the cashew production in the country as it help develope into an industrial scale production.
Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State council of traditional rulers,  Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar who is also the Chairman,  Edu Soko Farms disclosed that that the major objective of the farm is to promote a green environment and provide economic empowerment to youths and farmers in the state.
Adding that 2,500 youths from each local government area would be supported annually through the program to acquire relevant skills.
He then commended Governor Sani-Bello for his efforts and contributions towards the agricultural sector of the state.
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Latest News

Royals11 hours ago

WEEKEND DIET: 11 Special things you need to know about the Emir of Ilorin (VIDEO)

His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari CFR, is the paramount ruler of the Ilorin Emirate and Chairman Kwara State...

Celebrities11 hours ago

(VIDEO) Most handsome Emir, Abubakar Shehu Abubakar displays royalty

His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, the Emir of Gombe was born on 17th December 1977 and became...

Politics12 hours ago

Osun: PDP reacts to APC’s appeal against tribunal verdict

Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), says it would await the appellate court’s final verdict in the appeal...

Politics13 hours ago

BREAKING….APC rejects Osun election petition tribunal’s judgment

Following the judgment of the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal which sacked Adegboyega Oyetola as Osun State Governor, the All...

Politics14 hours ago

JUST IN…Tribunal sacks Oyetola, declares Adeleke winner of Osun guber poll

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has been sacked by the Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja....

Royals17 hours ago

(WATCH VIDEO) Before he bids the world farewell, Etsu Chatta Umar releases Patigi’s history

The late Etsu Patigi, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar, was a complete gentleman, a fearless monarch, a bridge...

Politics17 hours ago

Why INEC denies Okorocha, others certificates of return

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday insisted that it would not reward bad conduct by presenting certificates of return...

Metro2 days ago

SAD…..Samanja looses 43yr-old wife, Maryam Usman Baba

A popularly TV artist with the Nigerian Television Authority, Usman Baba, popularly called Samanja, has lost his 43 year old...

news2 days ago

See details of bank balances of suspended CJN, Walter Onnoghen

Details of five different accounts belonging to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen have released to the Code of...

news2 days ago

Misrepresent court proceeding, go to 28yrs jail-term— CCT Chair

Journalists who misrepresent the ongoing proceedings on the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen will bag 28 years...



Copyright © 2018 Royal News.

%d bloggers like this: