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Edo warns against violation of environmental laws

The Edo State Government has warned against indiscriminate waste disposal and unhealthy practices that violate the state’s extant environmental laws. Addressing journalists after inspecting Oregbeni…

The Edo State Government has warned against indiscriminate waste disposal and unhealthy practices that violate the state’s extant environmental laws.

Addressing journalists after inspecting Oregbeni market in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, the commissioner for environment and sustainability, Hon Jonathan Lawani, urged stakeholders to collaborate with the state government to keep the state clean so as to prevent disease outbreaks. 

Hon Lawani said, “Disease-carrying organisms tend to spread when we don’t keep our environment clean, and as residents of the state, we need to ensure that our homes and markets are clean. Our drains must be well desilted.” 

He further said, “Don’t dump waste indiscriminately; ensure to bag your waste properly and place them in designated areas for easy evacuation.”

According to him, the state government will strengthen interventions to ensure a safe and clean environment for all, noting that anyone who violated the law would be prosecuted in line with the extant environmental laws as it would no longer be business as usual.

The head of local government administration (HOLGA), Ikpoba-Okha LGA, Mr Richard Edenamiegho, said the council would ensure that traders and residents complied with Gov Godwin Obaseki’s mandate to keep Edo clean and green.

Also speaking, the leader of Oregbeni Market, Mrs Mary Osemwenkha, said the biggest challenge they were facing was that the waste manager in charge of the market did not evacuate their waste as regularly as necessary even when they were paying monthly waste disposal bill.

She, therefore, appealed to the state government to replace the waste manager for better waste management.