If you are a charcoal dealer in Niger State, you have a reason to be afraid.

Authorities in Niger State are strengthening environmental laws to stop tree felling, and that would henceforth involve punishing anyone engaged in sale of charcoal in the state.

The State’s Governor Abubakar Bello said this at the flag off ceremony to promote cultivation of cashew by the state government in collaboration with National Cashew Association (NCAN) in Bida Local Government Area of the state.

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He said an expanded security meeting would be held to strengthen the law, to discourage felling of economic trees by some undisciplined and unpatriotic persons.

“We must take this seriously to penalise whoever is caught selling charcoal. A report reaching me is that in the next five to ten years, there won’t be any Shea nut tree in the state because of activities of some undisciplined persons.

“This charcoal is not being used by the people in the state, but it’s being transported and exported to other countries,” he said.

Bello disclosed that the state government had resolved to plant 10,000 cashew trees and directed each Local Government to provide 50 hectares of land for the plantation.

He solicited the support of traditional rulers and political appointees to sensitise their people to desist from felling of economic trees for charcoal.

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