The Nigeria Kaduna State Government has announced suspension of felling of trees for timber, firewood, charcoal for commercial purposes across seven Local Government Areas of the state.
The affected local government areas are Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Giwa, Kachia, Kauru, Kajuru.
The suspension, according to the state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, is with immediate effect.
The decision, the Commissioner said, was based on advisories from security agents in the state.
He added that questionable movements and activities within forests into seven LGAs, were prohibited.
The Commissioner noted that prior to the ban, the state held meeting with stakeholders in the business such as Firewood Sellers Association,
Timber Contractors as well as Charcoal Sellers Association.
The Commissioner said, “Kaduna State Government bans felling of trees for timber, firewood, charcoal other commercial purposes in Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Giwa, Kachia, Kauru, Kajuru LGAs
“In the over-riding public security interest arising from several security advisories, the Kaduna State Government has announced the suspension of cutting/felling of trees for timber, firewood, charcoal and other commercial purposes in Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Giwa, Kauru, Igabi, Kajuru and Kachia local government areas with immediate effect.
“All questionable movements and activities within the thick forests across the seven listed LGAs, are also prohibited with immediate effect.
“Ahead of this announcement, the Government of Kaduna State had held a formal meeting with the leaderships of the following associations:
“Firewood Sellers Association
Timber Contractors, Charcoal Sellers Association.”
He warned against violating the directive by those involved in the felling of trees for commercial purposes across the affected local government areas.
“Citizens involved in these activities are therefore strongly advised to comply as vigorous enforcement will be ensured by security agencies,” he said.