By Joy Akinsanya
The Ogun State Government on Friday banned dredging and sand mining activities in various sites across the state with immediate effect.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya, made the assertion during an environmental assessment inspection of Abule-Oko Community, Magboro in Obafemi Owode Local Government of the state.
Oresanya said that dredging and sand-mining practice were constituting environmental nuisance and degradations in various parts of the state.
He stated that the state government had no choice than to announce the stop-work order as the activities of the dredgers and sand miners had led environmental degradation.
The special adviser said that the dredging and mining activities had also impinged on the likelihood and well-being of inhabitants of various communities where they operate across the state.
“No government worth its salt will allow these few individuals because of their economic gains, put the health and well-being of the general populace in danger through their activities which most times are illegal,” he said.
Oresanya said that they should not flout the stop-work order, adding that anyone caught would be prosecuted under the state’s Environmental Laws.” (NAN)