By Ahmed Shobiye, AbeokutaÂ
Ogun State Government has called on residents to desist from acts that can lead to desert encroachment in an attempt to mitigate the effect of climate change.Â Â Â Â
Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye stated this at a media briefing to mark the 2016 World Environment Day.Â
Oyeleye said that desert encroachment was a critical environmental challenge that the state had to deal with in recent times.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Citing areas that have been seriously affected by the environmental hazard in the state, he listed them to include Ipokia, Imeko Afon, Yewa South, Yewa North, Abeokuta North and Odeda Local Government Areas.Â
“The people of Ipokia, Imeko-Afon, Yewa South, Yewa North, Abeokuta North and Odeda LGAs are vulnerable to this environmental hazard and we will ensure all our ability to curtail the effect of climate change in those areas,â€ Oyeleye stated.Â
He urged the people of the State, particularly the affected areas to cultivate the idea of tree planting, cautioning against indiscriminate felling of trees so as not to jeopardize the eco system.Â Â Â Â Â Â
Oyeleye said the State was not unmindful of the human tendencies of extracting earth resources without recourse to preservation of the environment, adding that Government had been monitoring activities of industries to ensure proper disposal of waste.
He enjoined residents of the State not to dispose their wastes in drainage channels as this could cause flooding especially, in this rainy season.Â
â€œWe have warned our residents to desist from dumping refuse in our drainages so as to avoid flooding that could cause lost of lives and properties in our State,” commissioner warned.