Dr Mutari Aminu-Kano, The Director-General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation has revealed the country loses about 400,000 hectares of land to deforestation per year.
Speaking at the 17th Chief S.L Edu Memorial Lecture with the theme, ‘A quiet revolution – Faith and the environment’ which was held in Lagos, the DG said that as a result of this, Nigeria has the highest rate of deforestation in the world.
He bemoaned the facts and figures of environmental degradation in Nigeria, describing it as alarming.
Speaking further, Aminu-Kano noted that deforestation which involves clearing forests for other purposes has negative impacts on the environment, most especially the loss of habitat for millions of plants and species.
“Nigeria currently has only four per cent cover, 96 per cent is gone. Nigeria is no longer green, it is now brown. We have facts and figures telling us to do something at the level of the government, religious organisations, communities and as individuals,” he said.
He pointed out that Nigeria is not left out of the environmental crisis facing the world at the moment.
The President, NCF Board of Trustees, Chief Philip Asiodu, said the acceptable global forest cover should be 25 per cent.
He, however, stated that since environmentalists began talking about the need for re-greening the environment, not one hectare of land had been covered in Nigeria.