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EKSG WARNS AGAINST BUILDING ON WATERWAYS.

Ekiti State Government has warned residents against reckless blockage of drains, culverts and canals which could lead to erosion as the
raining season is fast approaching.

The Commissioner for Information, Rt. Hon Taiwo Olatunbosun gave the warning during an on-the-site inspection of illegal structures blocking waterways along Bawa-Iworoko Road.

Rt. Hon. Olatunbosun decried the careless attitude of some developers that build structures on waterways blocking drainages, culverts and
canals, describing it as a dangerous situation that may cause erosion and flooding when the rain season commenced.

Reiterating the zero tolerance of the Biodun Oyebanji administration for building on waterways, Olatunbosun said that Government would not fold its arms and watch while some people create complicated environmental challenges that may eventually lead to flooding and its attendant loss of lives and property.

He assured that the state government would continue to dredge waterways and desilt gutters and drains as well as provide good roads to curb other forms of environmental hazards, stressing the need for all stakeholders to however support efforts of Government to achieve the desired result.

Cross section of Government delegation at the inspected Site in Ado-Ekiti

In her remarks, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Erelu Tosin Aluko noted that environmental impact of
blocked waterways extends beyond natural concern, stressing that the accumulation of stagnant water behind blockages creates breeding ground for disease-carrying insects.

Aluko therefore admonished residents of the state to desist from blocking waterways.

Also on the inspection team were: The State Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, Town planner Oladapo Karounwi, Commissioner for Works, Mr. Adesola Adebayo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Babatunde Alokan, General Manager, Ekiti State Housing Corporation, Mrs. Ilesanmi A.M.

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