A public affairs analyst and lecturer with Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University Bauchi , Mallam Shitu Kassim has frowned on relevant authorities and members of the general public on rampant cutting down of trees for the purpose of making charcoal.
In a post on his Facebook page he said the consequences of such action in the environment is inimical to human development.
” Although the consequences of our environmental harmful practices are very glaring, yet I have not seen any serious deliberate effort being made by individuals, and government at any levels to deal with the problem sustainably”.
He further said the rate at which trees are being cut down daily has accelerated the devastation of forest resources.
” The cutting down of trees for domestic uses and particularly for charcoal making has accelerated the devastation of our forest resources.
Our forest that provided cover and shielded us from erratic climatic change and unfriendly weather conditions have become victim of luggers and charcoal makers”.
Shitu also worried that ” Today, most our forests have been depleted in providing charcoal for cooking and other domestic uses, not only to homes in Nigeria, but our forests provide cooking fuel to homes in neighbouring countries of Niger and Chad”.
The Don advocated the need for subsidizing the price of kerosene and cooking in Nigeria in order reduce the over dependency on charcoal and wood for the source of energy.
” It is unfair to put the blane entirely on the ordinary Nigerians who depend on the ancient source of fuel for cooking and other domestic uses. If a better alternative have been provided, say kerosene and cooking gas are made available and affordable, certainly, that may safe our forest”.
” But unfortunately, as it is today in Nigeria, a litter of kerosene cost N250 and a gallon will cost N1000. For an average family may require N4000 just for cooking. I think we need to make kerosene cheaper and affordable.
Similarly, cooking has must be made affordable as well. As an alternative to the charcoal, natural coal should also be made available for public.
Individually we need to imbibe the culture of tree planting to help regenerate the green environment.
This is doable before it is too late. Allah ya sa a gyara ” he added.