The Gombe State Government is reviewing the state’s environmental and forestry laws to check the illegal felling of trees and protect the forest resources of the state.
Dr Hussaina Goje, the Commissioner for Environment and Forest Resources disclosed this during an interview with the Newsmen in Gombe on Wednesday.
Goje said that it had become imperative to review the laws in view of the alarming rates at which the environment was being depleted, adding that the environment played important roles in human existence.
She said the existing laws needed to be reviewed to reflect present day realities and mitigate environmental degradation and pollution, which posed serious threat to the quality of air available to humans.
“In regard to trees felling, we know that some of the laws are old and not implemented but we are now in discussions. I have directed for a review of the existing forestry and environmental laws.
“The administration of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya is committed to the protection and improvement of the environment as well as safeguarding the forests and wildlife of the state; the environment is a priority of this administration.
“Aside desertification, Gov. Yahaya has also paid counterpart funding of N500 million to combat erosion. With all these efforts being put in place, I can assure you that there is hope for the environment.
While urging residents to support the government’s efforts in planting more trees across the state, Goje said that tree planting “is important to combat desertification and to revive the environment.’’
Goje said that efforts were ongoing to systemically combat tree felling through the provision of alternative cooking sources that were environment friendly to several communities in the state,’’ she said.