The Kaduna State Government has spent over N10 million to evacuate drainages in an effort to avert flooding in Kaduna metropolis.
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?The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Zakariya Shamaki, who announced this yesterday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the exercise covered more than 30,000 metres and that it had reduced flooding in the metropolis.
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According to him, the Kaduna State Environmental Protection Agency (KEPA) has formulated guidelines against environmental violators with the support of the judiciary and environmental marshals in the state, and that “violators will be punished or fined. We have warned our people not to pour refuse into gutters and water channels again.’’
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The commissioner said the government had begun a sensitisation campaign on effect of climate change through the media, especially during tree planting campaigns.
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“Each time there is a public gathering or during tree planting, we try to educate people on the effect of climate change; they know that there is deforestation and flooding, but they don’t understand what is causing it, we try to enlighten them on the increase in temperature, desert encroachment and ozone layers, among others.’’