The National Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency (NESREA) in Kebbi State on Wednesday warned construction firms against illegal felling of trees to avoid environmental degradation.

The State Coordinator of the agency, Malam Haliru Muhammad said that some people were also erecting illegal structures that could affect environmental protection.

According to him, such acts have exposed the state to the menace of deforestation.

Muhammad advised those cutting trees to replant new ones to safeguard the environment.

He stressed that the agency would collaborate with relevant state agencies to improve on forestation programme.

The coordinator appealed to the people to embrace tree planting and gardening to reduce the menace of environmental degradation and the impact of global warming.

“We will not relent in efforts to enforce environmental laws to minimize desert encroachment and other environmental hazards that are ravaging the state,” he said.

He said that the agency would intensify safety campaign for local miners to avoid poisoning and spread of diseases.

“The campaign is aimed at training the miners on safety measures, especially considering the large scale mining activities in the state,” he said.

He lamented the engagement of children in mining activities, promising to reverse the trend.

“The agency will not relent in counseling parents and miners on the dangers of engaging children in mining activities.

“Adult miners will be encouraged to use protective equipment that included hand gloves, face masks, safety boots and protection of food content at site to avoid contamination,” Muhammad said.

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