The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Bauchi State council has expressed dismay over the activities of illegal tree fellers at Burra forest in Ningi local government area of Bauchi State.
The state chairman of the NUJ, Umar Sa’idu, who expressed his displeasure on behalf of the council called for urgent government intervention to save the situation.
The council chairman who was launching a tree planting campaign at the Bauchi State University Gadau to commemorate 2020 press week of the NUJ said the continued deforestation in Bauchi despite government ban was quite disturbing.
The chairman called on the state government and all relevant stakeholders to urgently arrest the situation before it gets out of hand.
He said journalists would continue to play the watchdog function by holding people to account and enlightening them about the the danger of deforestation.
The chairman also called on local authorities in Ningi to put their differences aside and save the forest from illicit tree fellers.
Earlier in his address, the vice-chancellor of the Sa’adu Zungur University Gadau, Prof Auwal Uba commended the NUJ for partnering with the university to kick-start a tree-planting campaign in the state.