The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for a ban on the exportation of woods, noting that the country should instead export furniture.
LCCI President Babatunde Ruwase made the call on Wednesday during a media chat in Lagos.
According to Ruwase the Nigerian environment is battling with degradation due to pollution, deforestation and climate change.
“The herders’ crises, the restiveness in the Niger Delta and the Boko Haram phenomenon in the North-East are partly a consequence of the damage to the environment,” the LCCI boss added.
“In the light of these, we call for a ban on the exportation of woods from Nigeria. The present level of deforestation in the country is intolerable. It is better to encourage the exportation of furniture than the exportation of woods.
“Value addition has a more beneficial impact on the economy than primary product export.”
Speaking further, the LCCI president lamented that 90 per cent of the Nigerian shipping sector was dominated by foreigners.
He thus called for the intervention of the government on the matter.