Enugu State: Igbo-Etiti LG council outlaws farming along major highways
October 18, 2012 15:52
Enugu State: Igbo-Ekiti LG council outlaws farming along major highways
Enugu, Oct. 18, 2012 (NAN) The Igbo- Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State has enacted a by-law prohibiting all forms of farming activities along the major highways in the area.
Mr Titus Ali, the Leader of the council, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Thursday, warned farmers in the area to keep five metres distance from major roads in the area.
Ali said that the activities of the farmers was responsible for pot- holes, erosion and flooding of the highways.
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“The importance of these laws can never be over emphasised owing to the fact that the activity of subsistence farmers in the local government area is unbearable.
“This law is timely especially at this time that the whole nation is fighting against ecological problems due to numerous erosion sites and floods across the nation.’’
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Ali said that the council had enacted another by- law, banning market operations beyond 6 p.m. on market days in the area.
He said that the law was timely and it came at a time when there were serious security challenges in the area.
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“What the law intends to achieve is to check the activities of hoodlums who have taken the advantage of some markets operating in the night to perpetrate crimes and attack many innocent citizens going about their normal businesses.”
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Ali said that the law was aimed at minimising incessant thefts, rape and other criminal activities witnessed mostly on market days in the area. (NAN)