Socio-economic characteristics of fuelwood cutters in gadam, kwami LGA Gombe State, Nigeria
Muhammed Bello Bashir, Yahaya Ibrahim, Adamu Sani Jauro
The paper tries to explore the Socio-economic Characteristics of Fuelwood Cutters in Gadam. The socio- economic status of fuelwood cutters were studied, the nature of fuelwood cutting as well as the possible measures that are put in place to halt the reckless felling down of tress in the name of fuelwood. Both qualitative and quantitative data were used in the study. Questionnaire and interview schedule methods are the tools used in data collection. The data were analysed using simple statistical techniques, percentage tables. The result revealed that majority of the fuelwood cutters are men within the age bracket 25-35 mostly married with Qur, anic and primary level of education. The study further discovered that trees are cut indiscriminately. Mostly fresh ones are been cut and allow to dry before taken to nearby town for sale. Finally the study suggested that such measures should be put in place to halt the indiscriminate cutting down of tress, government to provide alternative sources of energy such as affordable and reliable electric, solar and kerosene stoves, Public enlightenment campaign should be intensified among others.