GOVERNOR Umaru Tanko Al-Makura Nasarawa STATE yesterday appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to extend its clean-up exercise being carried out in Ogoniland to Nasarawa State.
Al-Makura who made the appeal in Lafia while speaking on the occasion of the 10th National Council on Environment, NCE, meeting, noted that the extension was necessary considering the proximity of the state to the Federal Capital Territory.
“The state’s proximity to the FCT is causing degradation of the Karu axis as a result of population explosion emanating from the nation’s capital as wastes have taken over the environment”.
The governor also appealed to the Federal Government to install Automated Flood Early Warning System in the state to assist in curtailing flooding, stating that the state on its part has sensitised its citizens on possibilities of flood in some parts of the state.
He therefore pledged that the state would work with the Federal Government to protect the environment even as he described the state as “home of storm water.”
Earlier, minister of environment, Amina Mohammed, said the Federal Government was hoping to ban the use of fuel wood in commercial ventures in the urban centres.
This was even as the minister disclosed that Nigeria was losing about 1.5 million trees a day from illegal logging and increase use in fuel wood.

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