The Nasarawa State Government has banned the use and sales of charcoal in the state to protect the environment.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Aliyu Agwai announced this while addressing newsmen on Saturday in Lafia.
He said the process of producing charcoal is harmful to the environment by destroying the climate and increasing global warming.
Agwai noted that burning of charcoal, especially, would produce harmful emission.
He warned those selling and using charcoal to desist to avoid prosecution in case of violation.
He lauded the residents of the state for the level of compliance with the sensitisation programme on environmental sanitation..
Agwai said that all roads to the state were blocked to prevent motorists from other states from passing but they had been opened after the sanitary exercise.
Meanwhile a mobile court, handling environmental-related cases, has prosecuted 32 persons suspected to have violated environmental sanitation laws in Lafia.
The Prosecutor, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, who is also a Chief Environment Officer, told the court that the suspects were transacting their private businesses while the sanitation exercise was in progress.
Mohammed said that the offences violated Section 9(2), of the state Environmental Sanitation Law.
He urged the court to sanction them accordingly to serve as deterrent to others.
The Judge, Mr Abdullahi Lande, convicted and sentenced them to six months imprisonment respectively with option of fine of between N5, 000 and N50, 000 respectively.