Taraba State Commissioner for Environment, Rebecca Manasseh, says the Ministry is committed towards making the environment safe for the public, in line with the Rescue Agenda of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku. Mrs Rebecca Manasseh made this known while speaking with our correspondent in her office in Jalingo.
The Commissioner explained that the intention of the government would not be achieved without the cooperation of the citizens. She said there are designated points of dumping of refuse particularly in Jalingo, the State Capital, and wondered why people dump refuse rampantly, even in drainage systems, resulting to flooding which causes damage to the people.
Mrs Rebecca Manasseh noted that dumping of refuse anyhow is hazardous to lives and properties of people, and she urged citizens not to dump refuse by the road sides. Adding that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”.
She said the Ministry is collaborating with the state Committee on Environmental Sanitation, in making efforts to evacuate refuse dumps across the state and warned that anyone found dumping refuse not in the designated points, would be prosecuted.
On the illegal mining of blue sapphire in the Mambilla Plateau and felling of Madrid trees across the state, Mrs Rebecca Manasseh said the Ministry was doing everything possible to checkmate the activities of those who engaged in the illegal activities.
According to her, officials of the ministry who are in the jungles across the state to control the illegal felling of trees have so far impounded over a hundred chainsaws from illegal loggers. Mrs Manasseh observed that destroying of the forest and illegal mining of blue sapphire were not only denying the government huge revenue, but also causing erosion and deforestation to the environment.
She said the State Government in conjunction with the Federal government are planning to take over the mining of the blue sapphire to make it more beneficial to the people as the illegal mining of the solid mineral is very risky.
The Commissioner said if that was done, indigenes of the affected area would be gainfully employed and involved in the solid mineral. She said it is not the intention of the government to make people of the state suffer, but to bring succour to them in whatever way possible.