Kaduna residents urged to respect sanitation day as govt. commences drainage de-silting
As Kaduna State government has started drainage de-silting, calling on all residents to respect monthly sanitation days and complement government’s effort by keeping their drainages and environment clean.
The drainage de-silting was flagged off at Unguwar Television in Kaduna South Local Government Area of the state with cleaners including men and women clearing the drainages by removing dirt and particles capable of blocking water passage.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the exercise, the Commissioner for Environment, Kasimu L. Abasco, stated that government cannot achieve its policies without complementing efforts from the people.
He lamented the attitude of the people to the monthly sanitation, saying: “During the monthly sanitation exercise, you will see people moving around instead of staying back to clean their environments.”
According to him, the coming of rainy season has necessitated drainage de-silting. “The problem here is drainage blockage and that is why we brought the flag off here in order to show the importance attached to cleaning of drainages,” he stressed.
He called on the people to complement government’s efforts in order to have clean and healthy environments and be free from natural disasters such as flood.
“If the drainages are blocked, there is definitely going to be risk of flood and that is what we are avoiding.So,wecallonthepeopletoalwayscome out enmasse to de-silt their drainages and also clean their environments,” he pleaded.
Commenting on the leather/nylon bags removed from the drainages, Abasco disclosed that the Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero was in discussion with some private/individual companies on how to establish a re-cycling factory in the state whereby the wastes can be turned into wealth.
“Very soon, the recycling company will surface and we also have solid waste contractors who are also doing their best to see that nylon/ leather bags are evacuated,” he noted.
One of the residents of the area who did not want his name mentioned, urged the state government to procure wheel barrows and shovels, which he suggested can be kept at the district head’s house for the purpose of sanitation.
“If these wheel barrows and shovels are there, when it is time for sanitation we, the youths, can mobilise ourselves and use the wheel barrows to pack the refuse in the area to the designated points and dump,” he said.
People clearing drainages during last Saturday’s sanitation exercise in Kaduna.