ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNMENT BARS SAND MINERS FROM SITE

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The Anambra state government has sealed up a sand mining site at Onitsha, said to be threatening the River Niger Bridge and its environs.
 
Governor Chukwuma Soludo, through the Anambra state agency, Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, also known as OCHA Brigade, physically invaded the sand mining site at Onitsha end of the River Niger bridge, disrupting the illegal activities there and barricading the entire stretch against any form of sand excavation.
 
The managing director of OCHA Brigade, Celestine Anere, expressed displeasure at the illegal dredging of sand from the site which he said poses a great threat to the area and the entire state.
 
Illegal sand mining activities contribute to over sixty percent of cases of erosion and landslides in parts of Anambra state.
 
According to Aniere, the enforcement operation in the area by his team was part of efforts to prevent the state from environmental and economic losses posed by touts and illegal miners.
 
He said the illegal operators failed to produce the Environment Impact Assessment papers as well as other authorizing document from the state government, pointing out that mining sand close to such strategic infrastructure like the River Niger bridge need to be done with expertise and caution.

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