The Governor of Imo state in South east, Nigeria, Emeka Ihedioha has banned the illegal dredging of the Nworie Confluence area of the state.
He said that mining must be regulated in the state by the ministry of environment to ensure that the system was safe for all.
“Our government shall take steps to preserve all state forest reserves that have been devastated by past political leaders.
“We shall take appropriate steps to preserve and upgrade the state old Imo State Zoological Garden, now, Imo State Wildlife Park and Nature Reserve, in line with making Imo a tourism destination in Nigeria,” he stated.
Ihedioha noted that his administration would ensure the preservation of the eco-system and also make Imo the cleanest state in Nigeria.
He also promised to empower agencies responsible for waste management to convert waste to wealth.