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Human activities drying up Osun River – Concerned residents

Residents residing by the financial institution of the Osun River and adherents of the Osun deity have known as on the Osun State authorities to avoid wasting the River from contamination and air pollution attributable to human actions.

They disclosed that the air pollution of the river was on account of unlawful mining actions in some elements of the State.

They alleged that the miners dumped the waste merchandise from their mines into tributaries of the river.

The mining exercise, DAILY POST learnt, releases particles into the river which turns its color to brown all 12 months.

It was additionally gathered that some individuals have turned the financial institution of the river to a dump website, whereas some others have began to farm and function poultries alongside its financial institution.

“The top merchandise of farming and poultry are then dumped into the river since there isn’t any provision for waste disposal”, stated Gbenga Bamidele a neighborhood chief.

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“A few of these wastes find yourself blocking the river system. The mattress develop into swollen and the course of the river is modified as a result of it’s now narrowed.

“If you happen to navigate the river in Osogbo, you’ll observe that it doesn’t stream freely once more. Free stream solely happens in the course of the peak of the wet season, particularly in the direction of the Osun Osogbo pageant. Who is aware of if the gods precipitated this to be so as a result of a full river is required for the pageant to carry.

“Aquatic life too have been affected. The drying up of water in the course of the dry season is encouraging the expansion of vegetation which suffocates fishes and different residing issues within the river.

“Additionally, the contamination is creating difficulties for residents of communities that rely upon the river for sustenance.

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“Fishermen usually have a tough time making a catch. They simply lay nets all day and night time and little is caught as a result of some portion of the river is sort of dried up. You’ll be able to stroll on it like dry land,” he stated.

He known as on the state authorities and businesses in control of water sources to intervene earlier than the scenario grew to become one other catastrophe.

Recall that DAILY POST had reported the actions of unlawful dredgers.

In August, 2019, Osun River overflowed its financial institution which flooded many houses and destroyed properties price hundreds of thousands of Naira.

The state authorities had intervened by dredging and increasing the Osun River at a number of factors.

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