Emir of Fika and chairman, Yobe State Council of Traditional Rulers, Dr. Muhammad Ibn Abali Muhammadu Idrissa, has advised community leaders against unnecessary felling of trees.
A statement by the emir which was made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend, started that, there has been record of problems of serious land degradation through uncontrolled and senseless cutting of trees and destruction of natural vegetation.
The emir who called for an order to end the act, added that: “We wish to acknowledge the efforts of His Excellency the Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni (Baraden Fika) for his tireless efforts in revamping the state’s lost glory not only in the field of afforestation that we all converge here to take part in, but also other areas of citizens demand.”
The monarch said: “We want to use this occasion to seriously warn that we shall not tolerate any act of deforestation and destruction of natural vegetation in any district of Fika Emirate and we will not therefore hesitate to punish any offender that engages in these unpatriotic acts, neither shall we compromise.”
He added that: “Uprightness and self-example would be the virtue expected of any traditional ruler, there is an urgent need for illegal operators to stop cutting economic trees for charcoal, we have invited our villages and district heads to monitor their areas, report any illegal tree felling to us. Any offender should be made to face the law.”
He revealed that a lot of motivation would be given to the patrol team to arrest and confiscate trees cut for fuel or other domestic purposes with the vehicle used be impounded.