Enugu - Following the recent heavy rains in parts of Enugu State, the government has warned contractors and builders not to block drainage channels, saying a huge fine awaits violators.
The state's Commissioner for Environment, Mr John Egbo, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Thursday.
Egbo expressed concern over the attitude of some construction workers in the state who blocked water ways, adding that violators would also be charged to the state environmental court.
He said the ministry had begun sensitisation of the people to avoid cases of flooding, especially in the rural areas.
The commissioner said that directive was in line with NIMET prediction of heavy rains, adding that the exercise would help to avert possible mistakes that could lead to flooding.
"There are so many environmental violations on the streets. It is very important that all residents, all citizenry become stakeholders in keeping Enugu clean.
"Whenever somebody is building a house and you are insensitive to the general welfare of the general public by blocking the drains, you are creating flooding and flood will not only affect your own house or your own building but also affect others that are not connected with you.
"To that effect, if you are caught blocking our drainage, you will be charged to court and you will pay a hefty fine according to the law of the land.``
Egbo also warned petty traders against selling on sidewalks, noting that their goods would be impounded when caught.
On building on flood prone areas, the commissioner said the ministry, in collaboration with the capital territory development authority, would not hesitate to revoke such land.
According to him, buildings on flood prone areas will be pulled down.
"If we identify anyone building on the flood areas, we will first of all alert the capital territory development authority which approves plans."
He also appealed to the residents to stop the indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the streets.