‘100 Zamfara Homes Still Contaminated’

‘100 Zamfara Homes Still Contaminated’

The Federal Government on Monday said 300 compounds, representing 75 per cent of the lead contaminated homes in Bagega, Zamfara State, had been remediated and rendered safer for habitation.

‘100 Zamfara Homes Still Contaminated’

This leaves 25 per cent, representing 100 compounds, still contaminated with lead poison in the community.

Minister of Environment, Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia, said the remediation works involved the sequential and mechanical removal of exposed surfaces, which were scientifically and safely replaced with new sand or cement materials.

A statement from the Ministry of Environment, on Monday quoted the minister of saying this in Bagega while inspecting the ongoing remediation works in the community.

Mailafia said the exercise involved several ministries, departments, agencies and international technical partners, adding that the N800m cost of the project was borne by the Federal Government.

The technical expertise and supervision, she added, was provided by Messrs. Terra Graphics Consultants, who worked with Medicines Sans Frontiers.

The minister stated that after the completion of all remediation activities in June 2013, the Federal Ministry of Health would move into the site to render further medical intervention for victims of the lead poisoning.

“The Ministry of Mines and Steel would also step in to educate the people and ensure that they henceforth adopted safer mining practices” the statement added.

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