Minister Urge State Sectors To Implement Law Against Bush Burning:
The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, has condemned the bush burning practice in Nigeria as it contributes to climate and environmental change. According to her, climate change results in excessive heat, rising sea levels, and unhealthy climate conditions for individuals.
Ikeazor spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on the sidelines of a Climate Change Conference in Lagos State.
According to her, the enforcement of existence environmental laws by states will go a long way in arresting persons involve in bush burning. The subject matter of the conference organised by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) was: “New Deal for Nature and People, Nigerian Businesses for Nature’’.The two-day event to request the support of the private sector in climate change crusade awareness. The minister, who was the Special Guest on the occasion, told News agency of Nigeria that,” The practice of bush burning by way of making room for crop planting or for any other purpose is unhealthy and a threat to the environment.
“We need to adopt better scientific methods in conducting our domestic and commercial activities with recourse to a sustainable environment.
“The bush burning act is not in any way beneficial to the ecosystems rather it diminishes the soil nutrients and causes harm to the ozone layer by reducing it and exposing life to direct rays of the sun.
“There are already existing laws in the states to correct this; what is needed is for those regulations to be put to use by way enforcement this occurrence will end.