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Niger Confiscates 33 Trucks Of Timber For Illegal Logging

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The Niger State government has confiscated about 33 trucks loaded with timber as a result of illegal logging in the state and 518 bags of charcoal.

Speaking shortly after inspecting the seized items at Maitumbi area in Minna, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, warned that government would not hesitate to deal decisively with anyone caught engaged in indiscriminate felling of trees for timber and charcoal purposes.

Ahmed Matane, disclosed that despite several efforts embarked upon by the present administration in fighting the trend, there were a few unscrupulous elements undermining such efforts, therefore government would leave no stone unturned in ensuring the full protection of the forests in the state.

The SSG, who expressed dismay that soil erosion, desertification and land degradation were some of the challenges faced by the people as a result of indiscriminate felling of trees, further lamented that the act of felling trees in the name of timber and charcoal remains a threat to the community but expressed optimism that the ugly trend would be fought accordingly by the government.

He called on the ministry of environment and the task force committee on forest exploitation in the state, to intensify efforts towards putting an end to this unfortunate incident while assuring them of government’s continued support and cooperation.

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