By Oladejo Oladimeji, Daud Ibrahim Olarenwaju, Saka Simbiat Toyin
The Lower Niger River Basin Authority kwara state Ilorin has took clean-up campaign against open defecation, pollution of rivers, gulters and canals amongst others to celebrate 2021 World Rivers Day in Ilorin Monday.
The event was organised by the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, Ilorin to create awareness on the negative effects of polluted rivers and need to protect the fresh hiygenic water.
The programme tittled “Water ways in our communities,” the campaign was coming against the backdrop of prediction ofby Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET) of imminent flood disaster in Ilorin west and Patigi local government areas of the state during the 2021 raining season.
Meanwhile, streets campaign was organised to mark the day took off from the premises of the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, along basin road Ilorin involved the management and staff of the basin to some major streets in Ilorin and terminated at Baba- Ode community.
Speaking with our reporters, managing director of the basin, Engineer Saheed Adeniyi Aremu, decried the alarming threat to aquatic environment in Nigeria and called for concerted efforts of all to halt the trend .