The Department of Parks and Recreation of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has announced that cutting down of trees is not allowed in the city as it attracts a fine.
Hajia Riskatu Abdulazeez, Director of the Department, while touring some sites within the city centre stated that anyone caught cutting down grown-up trees both in a private compound and in public places would pay a fine of N100,000.
“Cutting down of trees is not allowed in the city, we have a penalty. The policy stipulates that if you plant a tree in your compound, once it is grown, it is no more your tree, it has become public property.
“Trees, in general, have enormous benefits and importance for a human being. The oxygen we breathe is from the trees, webreatheeh out carbon dioxide which the trees use to live.
“Apart from the life the trees give us, it also douses noise it reduces glare and mitigates the effects of climate change. We are all feeling the effects of climate change, it is attributed to the rate at which we cut down trees, leading to deforestation.”