Avoid polluting soil, Lagos govt advises residents

The Lagos State Government has urged citizens to avoid contaminating the soil with petroleum products, excessive use of fertilisers and illegal mining practices.

The state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, made the call, according to a statement on Monday, during a media interaction to commemorate the 2022 World Soil Day in Alausa, Ikeja.

Bello said, “The loss of soil nutrients is a major process of soil degradation which threatens nutrition and food security in the world. Some of the biggest threats facing soil health today include petroleum product contamination, unsustainable sand mining practices, pollution from industrial activities, and excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides used by farmers which overload the soil with harmful chemicals.

“It is in this light that the state government is joining the rest of the world in celebrating the year 2022 World Soil Day by raising awareness through different multimedia platforms on the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being.”

The commissioner added that soil degradation negatively affects food production and the environment.

“Soil degradation can have widespread effects on not just food production but also environmental pollution arising from excessive use of fertilisers and this is why the government uses the annual celebration to address the many challenges in soil management,” he added.

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