Why Borno State banned sale of charcoal & firewood

The Borno State Government has banned the sale of charcoal and firewood on major streets in Maiduguri

Alhaji Kakashehu Lawan, the Commissioner for Justice, disclosed this in a statement made available to NAN.

Lawan told sellers of the affected commodities to relocate to a new market on Damboa Road.

“Sales of charcoal and firewood along major streets is hereby banned.

“All those engaged in the business should relocate to the Charcoal and Firewood market along Damboa Road in Maiduguri,” he said.

Lawan gave a two-week notice to all sellers to either relocate to the market or face prosecution.

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He said the sale of charcoal and firewood on major streets had constituted an environmental hazard in the state.

“Government action is based on the fact that the sales of these items on our streets have become a source of pollution.

“It had also become a health hazard to the public,” Lawan said.

“All illegal markets are hereby banned and owners are advised to relocate to Bolori, Abbaganaram, Gamboru markets.

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“They have two weeks within which to relocate as such structures will be demolished in the next two weeks,” Lawan said.

“Such places not only deface the environment but often serve as hideouts or spots for suicide bombers, criminals or criminal activities,” Lawan said.