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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Tree planting, condition for building plan approval in FCT

The Federal Capital Territory will soon come out with a policy that will make tree planting a condition for the approval of a building plan in the territory.

Alhaji Isa Shaaibu, FCDA‘s Director, Parks and Recreation, disclosed this last week in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said that the policy would be strictly enforced in the territory, adding that tree planting was a priority in the agenda of the FCT Administration.

He said that the Abuja Environmental Protection Board would soon take measures to enforce the law on the illegal felling of trees in the territory.

"The FCT Minister has vowed to enforce the law relating to the illegal felling of trees in the FCT," he said.

Shuaibu, therefore, warned those engaged in the illegal felling of trees within the territory to desist from it or be prepared to face the full wrath of the law.

Besides, he said that about 1,000 tree seedlings would soon be distributed across the territory‘s six area councils as part of efforts to promote tree planting.

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The painting is by Laura Tasheiko

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