Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Illegal excavations currently thrive at the Delta state owned University ( DELSU) Asaba Campus as the activities might spell destruction of the school facilities if steps are not taken to ensure the perpetrators are arrested.
Investigation revealed that activities of the miners had further exposed the school environment beyond the campus to flood and erosion as natural waterways were being distorted and had destroyed some of the buildings including the fence
Last week, the university vice chancellor, Professor Victor Peretemode while addressing Journalists in Asaba raised the alarm over the destruction of the school properties by the excavators, and appealed to the state government to come to their aid
He said:” we have seen the level of destruction and havoc wreaked by the excavators in our school premises and the more,they stay, the more they destroy our properties and this is not good for our facilities, especially in this bad economic periods in our country”
But the state Commissioner of environment, Mr. Chris Onogba and his colleague from the High Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare were dismayed when they discovered the extent of degradation done to the green environment located within and around the campus including other facilities of the university.
While assuring that the state government will interven as soon as possible, the commissioners expressed worries over the consequences of the excavations in the next few years, adding that the cost of redamation had added another burden on government, saying” we will get some of the culprits and prosecute them, and the law will definitely take its course,by the time one,or two and three of them are caught and send to jail, the rest will know that they not just enter into a property and destroy it, and nobody has the right to issue mining rights to anyone”
Meanwhile,Uda layout is at present deplorable as the road has now been completely not motorable.
Lamenting the extent of damage, the Chairman, Uda layout landlords Association, Charles Okoye, said that the flood had covered everywhere including the houses and appealed to the state government to come to their aid, adding that so much damage had been caused to their vehicles.