Kaduna res­i­dents urged to re­spect san­i­ta­tion day as govt. com­mences drainage de-silt­ing

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

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.

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