Abiodun OBA

Dredging and sand mining activities in various sites across Ogun state have been banned with immediate effect.

The order banning the activities was given by the  Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Ola Oresanya, during an Environmental Assessment Inspection to Abule-Oko Community, Magboro in Obafemi Owode Local Government area of the state.

The dredging and sand-mining activities have led to environmental degradation of the community and its environs.

Oresanya said the state government has no choice but to announce the stop-work order as the activities of the dredgers and sand miners aside from the environmental degradation have 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 thorough their activities which most times are illegal” he added.

Oresanya therefore, warned them against flouting the stop-work order as anyone caught will be prosecuted under the state Environmental Laws.

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