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Enugu Govt Initiates Crackdown on “Iron Condemn” Activities

By George George Idowu

The Enugu State government is gearing up to implement a ban on the activities commonly referred to as “Iron Condemn,”.
Commencing on Monday, the primary objective of the ban, is to address security threats associated with scavengers and cart pushers.

The ban’s enforcement carries significant consequences, with violators potentially facing up to two years of imprisonment, as mandated by the government.

The announcement was made by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, following discussions held with representatives from the Hausa/Fulani Community, as well as Igbo and Yoruba counterparts at the Government House.

Expressing concerns over numerous petitions regarding illegal waste pickers, Prof. Onyia underscored the state’s commitment to safeguarding lives and properties.

He referenced Section 20 of Enugu State Environmental Law, emphasizing the legal repercussions for anyone found scavenging within the state.

Prof. Onyia stated, “Enugu State Government is resolute in ensuring the safety of our citizens and eliminating threats to peace and security; we are determined to eradicate the activities of scavengers and restore order in our state.”

The government’s decision follows reports of harassment and theft by individuals posing as scavengers.

A committee formed in November 2023 assessed the situation and recommended actions to address the threats posed by these illegal operators.

Encouraging residents to cooperate, Prof. Onyia urged them to report potential violators to the authorities.

Additionally, he directed law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute unyielding scavengers, setting a precedent for others.

This proactive stance by the government underscores its commitment to creating a safer environment for all residents and genuine businesses operating within the state.


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