Fire wood sellers in Gombe state are sitting on a long thing. The state government wants to end their trade because it is hurting the environment.

This is part of the government’s efforts to end indiscriminate tree felling and booming sales of firewood.

Alhaji Sa’ad Hashidu, who serves as the Director of Forestry and Wildlife Management in Gombe, old the News Agency of Nigeria that deforestation is a severe challenge in the state.

Hashidu explained that the government is aware of the activities of firewood merchants and has taken steps to curb the menace to avoid desertification.

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He said the governor of the state, Ibrahim Dankwambo, inaugurated a task force to handle cases of deforestation within the state.

“We are aware of the activities of wood dealers that can lead to deforestation in the state. The government has taken series of measures to arrest the menace in the state.

“The task force has impounded over 40 trucks of firewood and charcoal so far. In addition, the government also distributed over 50,000 tree seedlings, free of charge to the public.

“We are also building our capacities to reverse the trend of deforestation in the state by re-stocking our tree nurseries,” the commissioner said.

He, however, attributed the increasing acts of deforestation to the inadequacies of the existing forest laws, saying that the law is being reviewed and when signed, would assist in addressing the menace.

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