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Outcry in Kaduna state over suspension of firewood & charcoal for cooking

Residents of Kaduna State had reportedly reacted to the suspension of felling of trees for timber, firewood and charcoal in the state, lamenting that the suspension had made things difficult for them, as the price of gas for cooking has risen beyond every household’s pocket, while the only alternative; firewood and charcoal meant for the low income earners, and unemployed members of the society were suspended by the state government.

Communities affected by the suspension include: Kajuru, Mararaba, Igabi and Birnin Gwari Local Governments area of the state.

Kajuru:

A resident of Kajuru identified as Mallam Mohammed Garba, expressed displeasure over the suspension stating that, whichever reason the government gave for its action, the lives of residents is above everything and should be considered.

Igabi:

In Igabi Local Government Area of the state, one Hajia Bilkisu Umar who was not comfortable with the happening in the state, noted that, "there is no genuine reason for the suspension apart from keeping people in perpetual hunger."

Birnin Gwari:

One Alhaji Umar who said he has lived in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state for closed to 34 years, said, "whoever deprives someone of his legitimate means to survive in this present hardship, has a plan to eliminate him. Nobody is comfortable in the state as I am talking with you. Majority, (if not all) are finding it difficult to eat because the means is no longer there. If you are fortunate, and a friend gives you rice or beans, wood, charcoal is another obstacle because you have a government that wants to protect you from bandits. Since the suspension, has bandits stopped?,” he asked tearfully.


Recall that, the Kaduna state government on September 24, 2021, announced the suspension of felling of trees for timber, firewood, charcoal for commercial purposes across seven Local Governments area of the state. The areas include: Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Giwa, Kachia, Kauru and Kajuru.

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