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General News of Thursday, 30 December 2021

Source: punchng.com

Group fears epidemics in Osun, alleges water contaminated

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A group, Urban Alert, on Wednesday raised the alarm over health challenges that over two million residents of Osun state may have been exposed to following alleged contamination of Osun River.

Presenting the report of an investigation conducted by his group in Osogbo, Anthony Adejuwon, who is the Team Lead, said scientific examinations had revealed that the Osun River has been polluted by the activities of gold miners in some parts of the state.

Adejuwon further explained that physicochemical and microbiological tests of the river revealed that it was heavily contaminated with mercury, lead, cyanide and other injurious elements.

He said, “Sometimes in 2018, water in the Osun River, which took its source from Igede-Ekiti, Ekiti State and flows through Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and the Lagos States suddenly changed colour from its normal transparent appearance to brown.

“As an organisation driven by facts with a foundation firmly rooted in data, we carried out Geographical Information Analysis and laboratory tests to ascertain the cause of Osun River’s pollution and affirm the elements present in the water.

“Our scientific examinations revealed that the Osun River is being polluted by the activities of gold miners in some parts of Osun State. Further physicochemical and microbiological test has revealed that the Osun River has been heavily contaminated with mercury, lead, cyanide and other injurious elements.

“No doubt, the harmful contamination of the Osun River due to mining activities has put the lives of over two million residents of Osun State in danger. Traditionalists, Osun devotees, local and foreign tourists of the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove and over 20 communities making use of the Osun River are exposed to cancer and other deadly ailments like brain and kidney failure, hearing loss, growth retardation, anaemia, impaired vision, paralysis and death.”

Expressing concern over the destruction of the identity of the river, which according to him, symbolises the cultural identity of the state, Adejuwon called on the Federal and state governments to act and save the lives of residents whose lives directly or indirectly depended on the river.

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