Flood: Niger govt sets aside N26.5m to de-silt drainages

By Wole Mosadomi

Minna—Niger State Government has taken steps to guide against flooding in the state, as it had set aside N26.5million for the de-silting of various drainages in Minna, the state capital .

Similarly, it is now an offence for anybody to dump refuse in the drainages as anybody caught  will be fined N3000 or jailed three months or both.

Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Umar Nasko, who disclosed this after the State Executive Council meeting in Minna, said that mobile courts had been established to prosecute offenders.

He said besides the establishment of the mobile courts, government had re-introduced sanitary inspectors to monitor and ensure that people live in clean and healthy environment in the state.

The sanitary inspectors, who will be recruited from the pool of unemployed youths in the state will be trained and adequately remunerated and empowered to visit houses, prosecute erring members of the public to serve as deterrent to others.

Nasko said that the state government had taken steps to revive its nurseries to produce tree seedlings and flowers in order to fight desertification.

The sum of N9.7m, according to the commissioner have been set aside for the renovation of the nurseries and production of the tree seedlings.

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