This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Ibori Wants Check On Environmental Degradation

Lagos — Governor James Ibori of Delta state has advocated massive tree planting as a way of balancing the ecosystem being threatened by man's action and abuses on the environment.

According to him, activities in degrading the environment posed a grave danger to the survival of the ecosystem.

The governor stated this during the state's annual tree planting in Isiokolo, Ethiope council area of the state.

" The largely unplanned and widespread tree felling in this part of the world have led to an unfortunate rate of depletion of our forest, which we cannot allow to continue," Ibori said.

The governor who was represented at the occasion by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Wing Commander Peter Biakpara (rtd), noted that the scourge was more pronounced in the southern part of the country.

He, however, blamed the destruction of the forest on man's insatiable quest for comfort, uncontrolled urbanization, industrialization, energy exploitaion and agriculture.

He stressed that the effects of Indiscriminate deforestry as analysed by the experts, have to a large extent leded to changes in global weather, leading to hurricanes, Typhoons, and Floods.

"Global tempratures are now very high, much higher than in the years past, resulting in the melting of the ice in the two poles, now swelling the oceans and causing flood with catastrophic outcome for man and properties" the Governor stated.

Ibori also expressed sadness over the nightmare experience in Niger Delta as a result of oil exploitaion following the Emission of dangerous gases into the atmosphere

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