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Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Chijioke Edeoga, in a statement, said: ‘Failure to adhere to this warning will attract severe action of the state government.’
Edeoga also stressed the utmost concern of the ministry over the illegal destruction of the historic Miliken hills hosting undulating and ancient roads recently reconstructed and modernized by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration, as a new gateway to the city of Enugu and a vital alternative route for travellers plying the Enugu-Onitsha expressway.
During the inauguration of the 12km 9th Mile-Ekochin-Ngwo-Miliken Hill-New Market federal road, reconstructed and modernised by the state government, with streetlights for the first time since it was constructed in 1909 during the colonial era, Ugwuanyi described the road, particularly the 3km Miliken Hill section, as “our natural roller coaster; a great infrastructural asset and rich heritage of our coal city state. No road in our environment affords tourists and motorists the beautiful view of Enugu that this road offers.”
Reacting to the untoward destruction of the Miliken hills and other hills in Enugu State, such as the Aria Road hills and Coal Camp hills in Enugu North Local Government Area and the Obimo hills in Nsukka Local Government Area, Edeoga said:
‘Activities of the individuals involved could trigger serious landslide and other environmental hazards to the immediate environment and ultimately all persons in Enugu State.
‘The ministry, therefore, warns the communities, the authorities involved and other interested persons to desist from further plotting, allocating and destruction of the hills of Enugu State, to forestall further damage to our natural heritage.’
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