By Diana Oluwole
Udu Local Government Council of Delta State has banned the activities of scavengers in the local government.
The decision was taken after a security meeting held at Udu Council Secretarial in Otor Udu.
The ban was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the local government, Mr Samuel Dakpo, stating that henceforth, the activities of scrap scavengers, popularly known as ‘Iron Condemned’ and also the large movement of cattle and horses in the area will no longer be allowed.
The statement came after a monthly security meeting which was attended by the local government environmental officials and security personnel in the area.
According to the statement, the ban was as a result of criminality, threat and environmental pollution posed by the operators of scavenging and movement of cattle in the area.
The authorities stated that the activities of scrap scavengers (young men usually seen with rusty carts) roaming around the neighbourhood posed a security challenge to the area and therefore should be stopped with immediate effect.
It also said that open grazing would no longer be tolerated between the traffic caused by the movement of cattle along major roads and also the pollution caused by the feces of cows and horses on the major roads.
The Udu authorities therefore advised castle and horse owners to build ranches for their livestock to curb the menace, warning that violators would be dealt with according to the law.