Monday 21st August, 2017
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Kano bans sand dredging near water installations, bridges

Kano bans sand dredging near water installations, bridges

The Kano State Government has ordered the immediate suspension of sand dredg­ing activities near water installations and bridges in all rivers in the state.
 
“The suspension of such activities is necessary in order to protect water installations, bridges and the lives of the neighbouring communities,” Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Alhaji Usman Ririwai, said.
 
Riruwai announced the government decision in Kano after assessment of some sand excava­tion sites across the state.
 
The assessment was conducted by a commit­tee, headed by the commissioner, which was established by the state government to check il­legal sand excavation in the state.
 
He said that apart from threatening many wa­ter installations and bridges, dredging activities had diverted flow of rivers, resulting in drying up of water intakes of most treatment plants.
 
The commissioner identified areas affected by the threat to include Challawa bridge, and water intake at Tashar Karauka and Kwarin Sabo in Madobi Local Government Area.
 
He added that sand dredging has placed Yans­ame village at the risk of being washed away. 

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