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Environmentalist seeks stoppage of filling stations near residential buildings


filling stations near residential buildingsKADUNA – A Kaduna-based environmentalist, Aliyu Garba, on Saturday urged the state government to stop the construction of filling stations close to residential houses.

Garba, a lecturer with Kaduna Polytechnic, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  in Kaduna that some filling stations were sited close to residential houses.

He stressed the need for the state government to prevent environmental degradation by curbing  proliferation of shops and the filling stations.

According to him, unless proliferation of shops and the filling stations are curbed, effort to control environmental degradation will not be achieved in the state.

He said that indiscriminate establishment of shops and substandard petrol stations around residential areas had made it difficult for authorities to supply potable water in urban and rural areas.[eap_ad_2]

“Shops, roads and filling stations are built where water pipes are supposed to pass to residential houses.

“Lack of institutional control, which encourages indiscriminate exploitation of the environment, had seriously affected water quality.

“This may lead to water borne diseases, which according to the WHO records, killed more than four million children under the age of five every year.’’

“There is the need for the establishment of clearly defined policies and strategies as well as the development of enforceable mechanism and tools to prevent water pollution,’’ he said.

He suggested that Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) should be conducted on all proposed projects before implementation.

The lecturer also called for post impact studies on some existing development to assess the extent of environmental damage. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]

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