From Odeh Ogaji, Jalingo
Governor Kefas Agbu of Taraba State has called on the people of the state to shun tendencies that have negative impact on the environment such as deforestation and illegal mining.
Governor Agbu, who was represented by his Deputy, Adamu Ailikali stated this when the Ministry of Environment and Development and other critical stakeholders in environmental lead by the Commissioner for Urban Development, Hon. Aishata Barde visited him for an awareness campaign with the theme: “Initiative For Climate change Re-New Energy” at Government House, Jalingo, recently.
The governor attributed the alarming rate of climate change to the handiwork of illegal miners and deforestation and called for a halt to the attitude.
Earlier in his address, the Commissioner for Urban Development in the state, Hon. Aishat Barde said environmental pollution is global crisis that needs proactive approach to address the challenges.
The commissioner stressed the need to create awareness on the dangers associated with disforestation and illegal mining among other negative tendencies for the good of the society.
Barde acknowledged the governor for his policies aimed at protecting the environment and assured that the ministry will implement the policies to the latter and called on environmental experts, stakeholders and the people of the state to collaborate with the state government to protect the environment for the benefit of both human beings, water, trees and animals.
The Commissioner charged staff of the ministry and the media to take the campaign to the nooks and cranny of the state, revealing that the ministry was ready to plant over 5000 trees, and called for a law compelling anyone who cut down one tree to plant five trees.