KWHA summons Ministry of Environment and Forestry over indiscriminate felling of trees in the state
Kwara State House of Assembly, on Thursday summoned officials of the
Ministry of Environment and Forestry over indiscriminate felling of
tress in the state.
The ministry is expected to appear before the House committee on Health and Environment.
This was sequel to the adoption of motion on notice titled “Curbing
indiscriminate felling of trees in Kwara State” moved by Hon Adamu Usman
of Okuta/Yashikira Constituency.
Usman noted that there was
existing government policy on saw-chain law and felling of trees which
stipulates that if anyone hew down a tree, he must plant two seedlings.
He however expressed concern that saw-millers and saw-chain men all
over the state hew down trees without planting seedlings to replenish
the forest thereby encouraging desertification.
He said the most
worrisome part of the problem was that most Kwarans were not resistance
to the activities of the saw millers and saw-chain men who were making
money but creating environmental problem for the society.
lawmaker expressed worry over the aftermath of deforestation with its
attendants problems ranging from habitat destruction, erosion, flooding,
global warming and greenhouse effort.
While noting further that
the problem was very peculiar to Baruten and Kaiama Local Governments,
Usman identified lack of proper supervision by the concerned ministry as
the bane of implementation of existing policy.
He called on the House to intervene to ensure that necessary control mechanism was put in place to check the menace.
Contributing, a member representing Edu Constituency, Hon Ishaku Aliyu
Adams said traditional rulers were not helped the situation because some
of them involved in the business and called on the government to stop
cutting of trees for the next five years to prevent deforestation in the
Also, Hon Abdulrasheed Taiwo Abdullahi of Owode/Onire
Constituency said implementation of existing laws preventing cutting of
trees has always been the problem and emphasized the need for the House
to intensify its oversight function with a view to putting executive on
In her submission, a member representing Ekiti
Constituency, Hon Ebu Owolabi said Ministry of Environment was doing
nothing to implement existing laws prohibiting the acts of falling of
She noted with dismay that many government owned reserved
forest had become deserts due to negligence of duty on the part of
supervising ministry and called on the House to wade into the problem.
Reading the resolution of the House, the Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad urged
the traditional ruler and association of farmers to assist the
government in reducing indiscriminate massive felling of trees in the
local governments through the sensitization of local populace.
Ahmad directed Ministry of Environment to immediately commence
enforcement of existing policy relating to planting of trees to replace
cut down trees.
He mandated the committee to report back to the House within one week.