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JWSC arrests 44 persons over alleged pollution, illegal activities at Lamingo dam

The Jos Water Services Corporation (JWSC) has decried illegal activities around the Lamingo water dam site, one of its sources of raw water.

Briefing journalists on Wednesday, after the arrest of 44 persons on the site by officials of the corporation and security men, Mr. Apollos Samchi, the Managing Director, said that their activities posed a serious threat to the supply of potable water to residents.

Samchi said that the illegal activities around the dam—mining, irrigation farming, and block molding—posed a serious threat to the quality of raw water.

According to the corporation’s managing director, the activities resulted in the leak of various chemicals and heavy metals into the raw water source.

This, he said, could hamper the state government’s strategic investment in ensuring the provision of potable water in the metropolis and the state.

”You see, the illegal miners are mining directly at the bank of the dam, whereby all the residues go directly into the water.

“Aside from the polluted water, some of the heavy metals from the mined minerals cannot be treated, which is also a health threat.,” the official said.

Samchi said that the corporation, prior to the raid, had issued several warnings to the people engaged in the illegal activities to vacate the site.

He said the management of the JWSC had engaged the services of the National Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to provide security at the site.

Samchi said that the corporation would appeal to the state government to erect a perimeter fence to secure the dam from encroachment and land grabbers.

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He said that the 44 people arrested by men of the NSCDC would be charged in court.

Samchi advised residents in the state to desist from engaging in illegal activities at the dam.(NAN)

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