Residents of Osun, particularly in Ilesa and the encircling cities have expressed fear over the unwholesome mining actions across the sources of water in Idi-Oko and Iponda which provides the Kajola Dam.
Their concern is predicated on the idea that the water that shall be equipped to the folks throughout the catchment space of the dam could also be adulterated because of the actions of artisanal miners across the water sources.
These concern stakeholders revealed to this medium might make authorities effort at offering moveable ingesting water to the folks very troublesome.
However talking on the event, the Deputy Chief of Workers to the Osun State Governor, Abdullah Adeyanju Binuyo, allayed the fears of the folks on lead poisoning, including that the federal government has arrange a committee to make sure that the operations of artisanal and licenced miners had been throughout the phrases of reference.
He additionally assured the folks of the state of sufficient provide of moveable ingesting water on the completion of the water provide mission.
In the identical vein, a former Osun Commissioner for Works and Transport, Bayo Faforiji, tasked the committee arrange by state authorities on mining to manage actions of prospectors to additionally shield mineral sources close to water channels.
Whereas calling for presidency intervention, he famous that the hazard posed to the availability of water to Ilesa and environs is the rationale the individuals are afraid of the actions of the prospectors.
An activist and neighborhood elder, Ademola Fatoki, demanded that the federal government shod take a decisive step in defending the dam and different sources of water within the state, warning that if such was not accomplished, the mission would facilitate the unfold of water borne illnesses.
Members of the affected communities and stakeholders expressed concern over the hazard related to the actions of unlawful, artisanal and licenced miners which embrace, lead poisoning, landslides and destruction of farm lands.
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