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Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has ordered the suspension of all forms of surface sand mining in Badagry area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria, as a result of environmental degradation.
The ban is contained in an Executive Order issued by the governor directing the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to enforce compliance with the order.
The suspension is sequel to a petition written by a resident in Badagry, informing the governor about the activities of sand miners in the area and how they had degraded the environment.
The petitioner attached over 20 pictures of environmental degradation to the petition, warning that if surface sand mining activities were not stopped in the area, it might lead to a disaster, like the Tsunami and others that had occurred in the Western world…