The Kano State Government says it has initiated a process to enact forestry law to check indiscriminate felling of trees and protect the environment.
Dr Kabiru Ibrahim-Getso, the Commissioner for Environment, stated this while inspecting the monthly environmental sanitation exercise on Saturday, February 27, 2021 in Kano, the state capital.
Ibrahim-Getso, who decried the spate of tree felling, said the law would provide sanctions and penalties for those engaged in the act.
He said the state relied on the National Environmental Laws, adding that the new law wouldl check tree felling, control flooding and preserve the ecosystem.
Commenting on the environmental exercise, Ibrahim-Getso said the exercise is designed to enhance waste and drain clearance to enhance sanitation.
While commending security agencies for their support, the Commissioner also urged residents of the state to participate in the exercise.
“We observed that people complied with the restriction of movement between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
“However, there is the need for them to participate in waste clearance to keep a clean and healthy environment,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Kano State Environmental Mobile Court has convicted and sealed a rice mill and a mall for violating the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in the state.
The convicts are Alwabeel Rice Mill, Sharada and Jifatu Superstore, all in Kano metropolis.
Chief Magistrate Auwal Yusuf-Suleiman also slammed a N500,000 fine on the rice mill and N200,000 on the store.
He said the convicted institutions were found guilty for operating within the stipulated hours of the sanitation exercise, contrary to Sections 98 and punishable under Section 99 of the Kano State Sanitation Act 2016.
The Magistrate, therefore, ordered the mill and store to be closed, adding: “They will be reopened only after complying with extant rules and a written clearance by the State Ministry of Environment,” he said.
The mobile court also convicted a number of motorists and passengers for flouting the environmental laws.
Some of the areas visited for inspection during the exercise include Sharada Industrial area, Kofar Ruwa, Zoo, Katsina and Ibrahim Taiwo roads, among others.
By Rabiy Sani-Ali