Nigeria must enforce strict environmental laws – Ecologist

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An ecologist, Mr Abdullahi Aremu, has urged states and local governments to enforce extant environmental laws to check illegal bush burning and abuse of the ecosystem.

Aremu, Director-General, Advocacy for Environmental and Sanitation Integrity, a non-governmental organisation, gave the advice in Abuja.

He said that most of the nation’s forest reserves had been degraded through excessive tree felling, bush burning and uncontrolled hunting activities.

The ecologist, who described bush burning as an abuse of environment, said it had negative consequences on soil fertility and crop growing.

“States and local governments should check unrestrained hunting to protect endangered animal species from extinction and preserve the environment.

“Some of the factors affecting biodiversity conservation in Nigeria are indiscriminate bush burning, illegal hunting and deforestation.

“Others are land clearing for crop growing, uncontrolled logging, over-grazing and population pressures,’’ he said.

Aremu called for the adoption of purposeful wildlife conservation and management procedures to deal with the social and ecological challenges facing the country.