The Honorable commisoner for Environment and his counterpart Commisoner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy affairs on Christmas day, visited Patigi local government area of Kwara state to access the environmental situation affecting the flora and fauna in the area.
The Honorable Commissioner for Environment, Arc. Aliyu Muhammad Sahifudeen on his part reiterated on his mandate to keep kwara state clean.
While speaking with the correspondent of NTA, he highlighted the effect of indiscriminate dumping of refuse. “The heap of refuse is giving us a very serious concern because it is degrading our environment and it’s having effect on the health of the residents”, He Said.
Arc. Aliyu further state that piling of refuse on the roadside is as a result of the lawlessness on the part of the people. This is inline with the commitment of His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration to provide a clean and hygiene environment for all Kwarans. “The Governor has set up an ad-hoc Committee on environment sanitation and soon a lasting solution will be proffered to the lingering environmental crises. We are also warning people sternly about indiscriminate dumping of refuse”.
In furtherance of his remarks, Arch Aliyu notes that the quest of H.E Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is to get more equipments to keep the environment clean because our environment is very essential which must be protected judiciously.
The two commissioners then visited the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority office in Esungi, Patigi Local Government where they met the office in a state of neglect.
In a brief discussion with newsmen during the visit, the Commissioners expressed their dissatisfaction on the part of NIWA to sustain and regulate the activities on waterways while stating that there are lots of trades on the waterways without the NIWA presence to regulate the activities”.
Hon. Aisha Ahman Pategi on her part said it’s a very big challenge for the Federal Government and our economy because the waterways serve as a source of revenue generation.
Hon. Aisha Ahman Pategi and her counterpart from the Ministry of Environment, Arc. Aliyu Muhammad Sahifudeen on their desire to reach out to the grassroots visited Muregi, a border town between Kwara state and Niger state as the latter called for dredging of the waterways for easy navigation of ferries and boat and also to minimize the effect of flood on the resident of the community.
The Mai Angwa of Muregi was excited to receive the government officials in their town describing it as an uncommon visit being the first time in over 2 decades. In his words, “We are very happy seeing government representatives in our community for the first time in 21 year”.
Muregi is an ancient Nupe settlement on the confluence of River Niger and River Kaduna whose primary occupation is fishing.
The residents highlighted their major challenges to Hon. Aisha Ahman Pategi, stating that during flood we have to move our settlement far and when the flood is over we relocate back to the river bank.
The Commisoner for environments, Arc. Aliyu Muhammad Saifudeen assured them on Government intervention as he calls on the management of the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority to look into dredging of the waterways.