Yobe state government has slammed a ban on the hunting, sales and consumption of all forms of wild animal meat, popularly known as Bush meat.
The state governor, Alh. (Dr.) Ibrahim Gaidam, made the announcement yesterday during the launching of the state’s tree planting campaign in Damaturu, the state capital, pointing out that the action is an interim measure towards stopping the spread of Ebola virus to humans in the state.
He also said a committee would be formed to sensitize citizens on the same issue of its spread, in order to protect people from the deadly virus, which has claimed so many lives of its victims in various west African countries.
Speaking on the need for the exercise of tree planting, the governor stated that Yobe state is geographically located in a fragile ecological zone that is most often prone to drought and the consequent threat posed by desertification.
“The utter desolation of the environment in the northern-most fringes of the country should sensitize us and impress on us the need to protect and preserve the environment from the devastating effects of desert encroachment and other forms of ecological degradation,” the governor stressed.
He called on the people to take advantage of the tree planting campaign to plant trees of economic importance as well as other assorted tree species that would serve as wind breakers and produce much needed fuel wood for domestic and other needs.
The governor has also directed all local government councils to establish at least three hectres of plantations in their respective areas, protect and nurse them to maturity.
He equally urged all emirate councils, districts, village and ward heads, community-based and non-governmental organizations, institutions and schools to mobilize their subjects, members and students to emulate the state government effort to enable the state to collectively achieve greater success in the tree planting exercise.