The Plateau State Government has cautioned residents in the state to put an end to the act of bush burning.
Commissioner for Environment, Abdullahi Abbas, issued the warning in a chat with journalists in Jos lamented that the act contributes to the depletion of the ozone layer which makes it very harmful to the environment.
“Besides its depletion of the ozone layer, which leads to greenhouse effects, it also destroys the microorganisms, hummus and scrubs on the top layer of the soil which gives flora to the soil and protects it from harsh climatic conditions,’’ he said.
The commissioner explained that the burning of bushes would also result in the destruction of lives and properties adding to the fact that the harmattan winds would spread the fire and make it uncontrollable.
Abbas added that the ministry had made provisions for various sensitisation workshops to educate residents in the state on the dangers and consequences of indiscriminate bush burning.
In his words, “In October, we went to each of the LGAs in the state to sensitise the people on the implications of indiscriminate bush burning.
“The ministry also holds talks with the local government chairmen and the traditional rulers to further sensitise their subjects and residents on the detrimental effects of the act”. He said