Nigeria: NGO Warns Residents Against Bush Burning

Nigeria: NGO Warns Residents Against Bush Burning

2 January 2008

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Nigeria — Residents of the Federal Capital Territory have been warned against the danger associated with bush burning.

Speaking during an awarness campaign organised by a non-governmental organisation, ‘Fire Disaster Prevention and Safety Awareness Association, the president, Badanga Ahmed Lamidi, emphasised the need to launch a bush fire prevention squad in order to curb the incessant outbreak of fire disaster in the country.

Lamidi regretted the re-occurence of fire outbreak within the FCT despite seminars and workshops organised by related agencies to educate the people on the dangers association with bush burning, stressing that the agency had recorded several fire occurences since the beginning of the period.

He pointed out that the menance caused by bush burning to livelihood, environment, property and the ecosystem could not be overemphasised, adding that the objective of the campaign which he said, was being supported by the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) was to train local communities on strategies to prevent, manage and control fire disaster.

Lamidi said the association is working towards initiating a framework to promulgate by-laws on bush burning in all local councils in the country as well as co-operate with relevant stakeholders to map out strategies that would help stem the problem of bush burning all over Nigeria.

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