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New Cross River partnership to save state’s environment

10 July 2015, 09:46Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Cross River State and the United Nations (UN) have announced the setting up of a special task force to preserve the environment.

Called the Green Police, it is envisaged to save the state more than 1 million hectares of forest reserve.

State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, said the Green Police was a special martial charged with policing and management of the state’s forest, as well as preserving forest resources  including watershed and biodiversity.

He said other functions of the Green Police include urban afforestation, community-based control of illegal logging, monitoring and information system of the forest as well as environmental and social safeguard of forest-based communities.

The governor also disclosed that about 1 000 young citizens of the state will be recruited for the Green Police.

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“This is also in fulfillment of my promise to provide about a thousand jobs for our teeming young men and women which we are capturing in the programme called the Green Police. Cross River State is in the threshold of making history, a state that is known to be a frontline state in terms of forest conservation and management.”

“To ensure that the principles of forest conservation, utilization and value-added is adhered to in a sustainable manner, we have the pleasure of announcing a special force which we call the Green Police. We have a commitment that we have set the ball rolling in terms of afforestation with the view to reversing the trend of climate change that is becoming very disastrous” Ayade said.

He added that the state had over 1 million hectares of forest cover and stressed the need to reposition the state which remains the major carbondiozide zinc for Nigeria.

UN Chief Technical Adviser, Allen Turner said they would help Cross River set up a framework and the strategy in a way that will meet the standard and expectation of the international communities of over 194 nations that signed the UN Climate Change Convention.

- CAJ News


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