The Edo State Government has commenced the desilting of drainages across the state, warning residents against indiscriminate disposal of refuse to prevent blocking of drainages and avert flooding.
Speaking to journalists during monitoring of the desilting exercise, the Edo State Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Engr. Jonathan Lawani, said the exercise will be sustained.
He noted that the desilting of drains and drainages must be done always to allow the free flow of flood water to the right channel.
Lawani added that the flood and erosion challenges experienced in some parts of the city is due to the indiscriminate disposal of waste in unauthorised places by some persons.
He further urged residents to desist from dumping refuse in unauthorised places as the state government will prosecute anyone caught in the act in line with extant environmental laws.
According to him, “Residents, traders and shop owners must ensure prompt and proper desilting of drains in front of their houses and business premises. They should notify the ministry so that the silts can be evacuated on time.”
The commissioner urged residents and corporate bodies in the state to collaborate with the state government to ensure that Edo is clean and healthy.