The Ekiti State Government has warned residents of the state against reckless blockage of waterways and ditches that could unleash erosion and flooding during the coming rainy season.
The Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, in a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Victor Ogunje, handed down the warning, in Ikere Ekiti, on Saturday, while monitoring the monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise in the council
She maintained that improved environmental sanitation can bring exponential improvement to life expectancy and reduce morbidity and mortality rates, telling the residents that improved life expectancy is a function of environmental cleanliness and personal hygiene.
Giving her observations about the level of compliance in the council, the deputy governor frowned at indiscriminate dumping of refuse and sewages at Gbolagun area of NITEL in Uro Quarters, leading to the blockage of a canal in the axis.
She directed the Department of Environmental Services of Ikere West LCDA to hold a meeting with the landlords of the area, warning the residents to desist from such unwholesome acts that could trigger environmental degradation and unwarranted disease breakout.
“I want all of you to desilt all the blocked canals . It is wrong for people to dump refuse inside erosion canals, it was a common practice here in Ikere going by our observation, this must change, because this government won’t allow any act that can lead to a breakout of diseases in any part of Ekiti,” she said.