Sunday, September 22, 2019

Deforestation Has It Been Legalised?


By: Momodou Conateh

Decades Old Mahogany Tree Destroyed In Minutes By Chain Saw

Trees are very important in human life but their continuous exploitation by man, will result to negative environmental impacts that will rapidly deplete our natural resources and cause the desertification of our sub-region, just to name a few.

It is true that we cannot live without using forest products like timber for construction but this in my humble opinion, should be strictly controlled by the concerned authorities. To protect and preserve the environment for future generations, is incumbent on our generation, because the forest products we enjoy today, was a legacy from our forebears. This is of paramount importance. Therefore we are duty bound to strive and protect our environment, no matter what it takes, for the future benefit of our children and children’s children.

It is with this concern for the future of generations to come, that I am putting pen to paper to highlight the indiscriminate and rampant falling of trees in Kerr Ngorr village of the Jokadu District of the NBR, which is beyond control. This activity has been going on for years now without interference from the concerned authorities and has escalated even more in now. The indiscriminate exploitation of the forest of Kerr Ngorr is done by commercial operators who collaborate with unscrupulous villagers, to pillage the natural resources of the forest. Century old Mahogany trees have been brought to the ground in minutes, without replacement.

As a concern citizen, I want the Ministry and Department in charge of our forest cover to know that the present commercial timber operators and dealers pillaging the forest in the name of the village of Kerr Ngorr, is high and my question is: Is this legal? And I want the National Environment Agency (NEA), to take note.

Thanks for space.

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