Fintiri bans tree burning for charcoal in Adamawa
Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has outlawed the felling of trees, for charcoal fuel, to curb deforestation and climate change.
Fintiri issued the ban while hosting a delegation of traditional leaders in the state led by the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who represented the Lamido of Adamawa, Dr. Barkindo Mustapha, Chairman of the Adamawa Council of Emirs and Chiefs, on Sallah homage at the Presidential Lounge, Yola Government House.
Governor Fintiri who thanked the traditional rulers for finding it worthy to felicitate with him on the auspicious occasion, sued for their cooperation, in supporting his decision to ban the burning of trees for charcoal in the state.
The governor, who also met with state legislators led by the Speaker of the Assembly, RT. Hon. Barthiya Wesley reiterated the ban on the cutting of trees for charcoal fuel in the state.
He said, ” I just passed a directive to our traditional institutions that henceforth, even though we have a law that prohibits the felling of trees, that law has not been implemented fully. Now, I have given the directive that henceforth, there will be no cutting of trees especially in the name of burning them down for charcoal.
So it is for all of us as stakeholders to ensure that it is fully implemented.”
Speaking in support of the measure, the governor noted that the recent development of flooding has shown the adverse effects of not paying enough attention to the drivers of climatic change such as the indiscriminate felling of trees for the production of charcoal as fuel.
Earlier Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said Fintiri’s developmental stride is unparalleled in the history of the state. He promised the cooperation of traditional institutions to the government.
Fintiri said he is not taking his second term victory for granted, promising that the next four years will be far better than the first tenure.