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Traditional ruler flays sand merchants for encouraging erosion

Nigeria
Daily Trust
15/08/2010

The traditional ruler of Ijegun, a suburb of Lagos, Oba Nureni Akinremi, has condemned the activities of sand merchants in the area, describing it as detrimental to the environment.

Akinremi said the digging of sand by the merchants was depleting the top soil and exposing the area to erosion.

He advised his subjects to report those scooping sand from the community to security agents.

According to him, the culprits come to the area late in the night to dig for sand which they later convey with tippers. He said two suspects involved in the illicit sand business were apprehended last week. “We apprehended two suspects last week with the help of the police and my palace guards,” Akinremi said.

He admonished all those engaged in the act, under the pretence of poverty, to desist, noting that their activities undermined government’s effort at beautifying the city.

The monarch charged community heads to expose suspected sand merchants in the community, describing them as those behind the degradation of the environment.

“If we continue to destroy the environment, the facelift in the state would not be extended to our community as our actions would not show any cooperation with government’s development of the state,” the monarch said.

Efforts to get the reaction of Mr. Monsuru Ola, Chairman, Igando/Ikotun Local Council Development Area on the issue was rebuffed.

 

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