By G9ija

The Plateau Government, through its Ministry of Environment, on Monday cautioned residents in the state to desist from indiscriminate bush burning.

Mr Abdullahi Abbas, the Commissioner for Environment, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos.

He said that the act was detrimental to the environment as it helps in depleting the ozone layer.

“Besides its depletion of the ozone layer, which leads to greenhouse effects, it also destroys the microorganisms, humus and scrubs on the top layer of the soil which gives flora to the soil and protects it from harsh climatic conditions,’’ he said.

Abbas said that the act would lead to loss of property and lives, especially with the onset of the harmattan winds, as the winds would spread the fire, thus making it uncontrollable.

He also noted that the ministry has organised various sensitisation workshops to educate the populace on the ills and dangers of indiscriminate bush burning in the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

“In October, we went to each of the LGAs in the state to sensitise the people on the implications of indiscriminate bush burning.

“The ministry also holds talks with the local government chairmen and the traditional rulers to further sensitise their subjects and residents on the detrimental effects of the act,” he said.