The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril has disclosed that Nigeria is currently losing 1.5 million trees daily to logging, saying that independence of forest cover is barely 5 per cent as against the initial 40 per cent.
To this end, he said federal government has suspended tree logging and exportation of processed wood until right policies are introduced to plant back logged trees.
He stated this in Abuja yesterday at the International Environmental Roundtable for Africa organised by Green Life Magazine with the theme, “Curbing Environmental Degradation and Climate Change through Activism’.
According to him, “Before you can begin to cut and export, you must be prepared to plant logged wood so that as you are cutting one, you are growing ten. If you don’t do that, there will be no equilibrium and there will be disaster in the environment.
Also speaking, the former President, Nigeria Environmental Society (NES), Mr Uche Agbanusi regretted that Nigeria which is located in Savanna region is losing trees daily to logging, which he attributed to the inability of locals to comprehend the language of ‘ environmental degradation’.
He said the message should be communicated to locals using their preferred language stressing that without considering the people’s cultural practices and integrating them into development plans that such projects were bound to fail.
The acting deputy executive director (Technical), Environmental Protection Agency Ghana, Ebenezer Appah-Sampsong said activism has changed a lot of issues in Ghana ,adding that the focus of Ghanaian government is to mainstream natural resources into national development framework.
He maintained that Ghana is seeking ways of implementing coal as an addition to their energy infrastructure.