Jun 21, 2010, 11:51 AM
We are very much concerned about bush fires in the country. The issue of bush fires is becoming a cause for concern, especially in the rural areas.
Despite the series of sensitization campaigns conducted by the Forestry Department and its partners in the communities, it seems more needed to be done to tackle the menace.
The effects of bush fires are many and severe for both humans and the animals we rear, for their survival.
We, therefore, urge the authorities to intensify their efforts in creating awareness among our people, particularly among those upcountry.
It requires concerted efforts by all and sundry to address the menace seriously.
Our local authorities such as chiefs, councillors and alkalolu should also help, as well as community-based organizations (CBOs) in their various communities in creating awareness on the effects of bush fires.
We understand that some people are in the habit of setting the bush on fire deliberately and, therefore, call on the local authorities to bring such people to book.
The impact of bush fires includes serious de-forestation, which could have adverse consequences on the socio- economic development of the country, at a time when the world is grappling with the effects of climate change.
We need to protect and preserve our environment for the benefit of all and sundry.