Stakeholders in Bauchi State called for strict adherence to the environmental guidelines and regulations set by the government for the protection of the environment in Bauchi State.
It contained a 12-point communiqué at the end of a day-long stakeholder engagement on environmental policies and activities in Bauchi State on Saturday, July 15, 2023, and was made available to newsmen on Sunday, July 16, in Bauchi, the state capital. .
It says that the best way to protect the environment is to strictly follow all the guidelines and regulations issued by the government.
The communique pointed out that protecting people and the environment from harm is a social obligation and a right of citizens.
The stakeholders engagement meeting was organized by the Sharing Education and Learning for Life (SEL) Foundation Nigeria and was attended by government officials, environmental health officers, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media.
Stakeholders called for strict decision-making, implementation and strict implementation of environmentally and climate-conscious legal instruments, policies and measures.
“Agencies charged with the responsibility of conserving forests should be proactive in conserving forests.
“Government should provide land to people interested in coal and timber business to plant, grow and harvest them.
“State borders should be properly managed to prevent people from coming into the state for charcoal and timber businesses,” the communique said.
Stakeholders emphasized the need to nurture more trees by planting more trees in the state’s 20 local governments.
“We need to plant trees, spread environmental safety awareness in nurseries and primary schools, inculcate environmental awareness in young minds and establish environment clubs in schools.
“Local communities should be supported to use alternative energy for domestic cooking,” it said.
The communique urged the government and CSOs to include livelihoods in all interventions for the people.
It added that CSOs should intensify efforts towards awareness and advocacy on environmental security.
By Ahmed Kaigama