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Enugu warns against destruction of state’s natural heritage

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Enugu State Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources has warned individuals, communities and authorities involved in the destruction of the Miliken Hill and other hills in the state to desist from further pillaging of the state’s natural heritage.

In a statement yesterday, the Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Chijioke Edeoga, stressed that failure to adhere to this warning would attract severe action of the state government.

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Edeoga expressed the ministry’s concern about the destruction of the historic Miliken Hill, whose road was recently rehabilitated by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration.

During the inauguration of the 12km 9th Mile/Ekochin/Ngwo/Miliken Hill/New Market federal road, reconstructed with streetlights by the state government, Ugwuanyi described the road as the state’s natural roller coaster, a great asset and rich heritage of the Coal City.

The governor added: “No road in our environment affords tourists and motorists the beautiful view of Enugu that this road offers.”

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Reacting further to the untoward destruction of the Miliken Hill and other hills in the state, such as the Aria Road Hill and Coal Camp Hill in Enugu North Council, and the Obimo Hill in Nsukka Council, Edeoga pointed out: “The activities of the individuals involved could trigger serious landslide and other environmental hazards to the immediate environment and ultimately all persons in Enugu.

“The ministry, therefore, warns the communities, the authorities involved and other interested persons to desist from further plotting, allocating and destruction of the hills of Enugu, to forestall further damage to our natural heritage.”

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