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Ilorin residents turn road sides, medians to refuse dump sites

Road medians in some major streets of llorin metropolis have become refuse dump sites which constitute health hazards to the residents.
This was observed by newsmen during Saturday’s Environmental Sanitation exercise.
Heaps of refuse littering the road medians and road sides in several parts of the state capital are gradually taking over the motor ways.
Road medians at Oja-Oba market, AbdulAzeez-Attah road, Sawmill road, Emir’s road, Alimi road, Baboko market road and Sulu-Gambari road, among others, are eyesores overflowing with refuse that competes with motorists and other road users.
Some residents, in an interview, said that the refuse were usually dumped at nights by some residents in the affected areas.
A resident, Mrs lyabo Salami, lamented that in spite of the evacuation of the refuse daily by the state Ministry of Environment, several road medians in some major streets of llorin are still not tidy.
Similarly, another resident, Mallam AbdulAzeez Ibrahim, attributed the daily presence of refuse on road medians and road sides to the lack of refuse bins in the affected areas.
“I am appealing to the state government to provide refuse bins in some major streets to curb the dumping of refuse on road medians and road sides.
In a swift reaction, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Environment, Mr Abraham Kola-Ojo, said the Ministry evacuates the refuse daily.
He said the Ministry is currently making efforts to put in place a new bigger receptacle bins that would be in all the affected areas to put an end to the dumping of refuse at unauthorised places.
Kola-Ojo said the Ministry will continue to carry out enlightenment programmes to instil good sense of environmental sanitation and cleanliness on the residents of the state.

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