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Felling of trees, refuse dumping putting lives at risk in Kano — Gov’t

Kano State Government has attributed the incessant change in weather, which further leads to flooding and harsh weather to the attitudes of residents who “indiscriminately”…

Kano State Government has attributed the incessant change in weather, which further leads to flooding and harsh weather to the attitudes of residents who “indiscriminately” dump refuse on roads and drainages across the state.

 The state government also said the attitude of felling down trees across the forests and city areas without planting more of them is affecting the city, thereby exposing it to more dangers associated with climate change.

 The state Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso stated this while briefing newsmen during the end of the year review of the activities of the ministry in Kano.

 Dr Getso said all hands must be on deck to address climate change, which had become a global issue, adding that the masses had a great role to play in mitigating the effect of the phenomenon.

 He said their administration had accorded priority to the environment sector “especially in the areas of biodiversity conservation, restoration of degraded land, focus on climate change issues, fight against the menace of desertification and desert encroachment, pollution control and environmental sanitation among others.

 “During the year under review, several policies and activities were introduced to protect the environment against various disasters such as Keep Kano Clean Exercise where refuse was evacuated within a period of 20 days, drainage clearance exercise, planting of one million trees across the 44 LGs, among many others.”

 According to him, part of the 2023 target of the ministry is to ensure that waste recycling industries are given priority to convert the state refuse into wealth that will further reduce the effects of climate change, including flood, which affected many people in the state during last rainy season.

 He urged people in the state to refrain from indiscriminate dumping of waste and embrace the culture of planting and nurturing of trees in their immediate communities for a safe and healthier environment.

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