Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said indiscriminate cutting of trees by indigenes was responsible for the 2012 flood disaster in the state.
The governor said the state had put in place legal structures that would enhance proper tree felling mechanisms that would reduce the effects of climate change.
Uduaghan said this at a stakeholders’ forum on Territorial Approach to Climate Change, with the theme, ‘Delta Beyond Oil-Opportunities In Climate Change’, in Asaba, according to a statement on Tuesday.
He said, “It breaks my heart when people cut down trees. We should as much as possible try to preserve the trees as they do more for the environment than just provide sheds. Though the 2012 flood disaster was devastating, it was a blessing in disguise as it has created awareness that climate change is real and all hands must be on deck to stop further degradation of the environment.
“Putting up proper legal structures will ensure that government is properly guided to continue with efforts to make the environment friendly and enable the state government access funds from international agencies to develop quick-win projects to reduce the effect of climate change on Deltans.”
The governor, who inaugurated the Delta Schools Climate Club, charged the pupils to take the climate change awareness campaign to the people, noting that no native doctor could stop the impacts of climate.