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Oyo govt warns five communities against drinking from contaminated streams

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The Oyo State Government has warned residents of the state against drinking water from streams.

The state government noted that this advice became necessary because some streams have been contaminated.

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Against this backdrop, the state government warned residents of Ijaye, Ido, Olowo-Igbo, Iseyin, and Ibarapa against drinking water from contaminated streams in their communities.

Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Abiodun Oni, made this declaration on Wednesday.

Oni said a truck conveying chemical substances emptied its contents into a drainage.

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He narrated that the chemical substances were washed into the streams passing through the five communities.

He added that the truck was involved in an accident at Iroko-Oyo highway while conveying substances presumed to be soap-making chemicals.

He spoke further by saying that the development may impair the water quality and render it toxic to humans and the environment at large.

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Oni, in the statement made available to pressloaded, further revealed that farmers who planted their cash crops within the affected areas and fishermen should suspend every activity within the vicinity.

He said, “The state government will continue to ensure that the ecosystem is protected in the state.

“Furthermore, they should jettison the bad culture of dumping wastes into drainages as they eventually find their ways into streams and rivers and eventually make up their way in the food chain process as such posing threats to all humans.”

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