Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has expressed his administration’s resolve to legislate against the use of wood for roofing to check deforestation, restore lost greenery and boost forest regeneration.
Ayade spoke when Ms Elsie Attafuah, the Senior Regional Technical Adviser, United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) programme, visited him at Government House, Calabar.
He said: “We are in a process of enacting a new law that will prohibit the use of woods for roofing and encourage the use of steel instead.
“So, very soon when the house passes the law, we will stop roofing with woods and when this happens, the demand for timber will drop drastically.
“As we speak, a company is already on ground to start production of these roofing materials to meet the needs in the industry and reduce the dependence on wood as deliberate plans to save and protect the forest.’’
Ayade also urged the UN “to do away with theoretical work and be more practical in its programmes in a manner that will translate into wealth creation among Nigerians’’.
He said the state government expected the REDD programme to impact in a desired manner on the citizenry, particularly host communities, to the reserved forests across the state.
Ayade said that in the last three years the REDD programme focused only on training and educating people on understanding measurement analysis baselines, safeguards.