Ex­pert calls for en­force­ment of law against de­for­esta­tion

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Us­man A. Bello, Lokoja

En­vi­ron­men­tal ex­pert has called on gov­ern­ments, at all lev­els, to dis­cour­age in­ces­sant felling of tress by ap­ply­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate law against of­fend­ers, warn­ing that de­for­esta­tion has se­ri­ous neg­a­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Na­tional Vice Pres­i­dent (North-Cen­tral) of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria, Solomon Anyegwu made the call, re­cently, in Lokoja, while speak­ing with Daily Trust on the neg­a­tive ef­fect of de­for­esta­tion.

He said the en­force­ment of the law was nec­es­sary be­cause a trees has a way of reg­u­lat­ing the tem­per­a­ture of en­vi­ron­ment and the im­pu­rity in the at­mos­phere.

He said: “Trees are also raw ma­te­ri­als that are used by phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­tries. They use the leaves, bark of tree and roots to pro­duce drugs. To­day, trees are in­dis­crim­i­nately felled and this is af­fect­ing our health be­cause drugs that should have been man­u­fac­tured from the trees are not there. So, it goes a long way to af­fect phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­tries.”

He ad­vo­cated for en­light­en­ment and sen­si­ti­sa­tion cam­paign by var­i­ous en­vi­ron­ment agencies across the coun­try to ed­u­cate people on the dan­gers and neg­a­tive ef­fects of tree felling.

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