The Kano State Government has ordered the immediate suspension of sand dredging activities near water installations and bridges in all rivers in the state.
“The suspension of such activities is necessary in order to protect water installations, bridges and the lives of the neighbouring communities,” Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Alhaji Usman Ririwai, said.
Riruwai announced the government decision in Kano on Thursday after assessment of some sand excavation sites across the state.
The assessment was conducted by a committee, headed by the commissioner, which was established by the state government to check illegal sand excavation in the state.
He said that apart from threatening many water installations and bridges, dredging activities had diverted flow of rivers, resulting in drying up of water intakes of most treatment plants.
The commissioner identified areas affected by the threat to include Challawa bridge, and water intake at Tashar Karauka and Kwarin Sabo in Madobi Local Government Area.
He added that sand dredging has placed Yansame village at the risk of being washed away.
Riruwai said the committee would recommend the relocation of sand dredging sites to at least three kilometres away from water installations and bridges.
He cautioned the excavators to adhere to the directive and obtain proper permit before carrying out their activities.