Numerous Defaulters Prosecuted,as Monthly Environmental Sanitation Observed in Plateau state.
Cleanliness they said is next to Godliness, in an Effort to get rid of dirty Environment, the Plateau state Government is leaving no stone unturned to achieve the feat,as this Month Sanitation exercise was observed amid strong enforcement.
The Exercise which Commence from 7Am to 10 Am with about ten mobile courts constituted and stationed in strategic places in Jos and Bukuru towns.
Moving Round Jos North and South Local Government Area, to ensure strick compliance and evacuation of refuse,the state Commissioner for Environment. Hon. Peter Gwom accompanied by other Government officials were at the Plateau state Specialist p HospitalRoad,NTA Park,Hwosshe,Old Airport,Miango Junction as well as Paul Gindiri Pedestrian bridge,Dandin Kowa,
As of the time of the visit,several motories were parked while defaulters were fine 1000 each,by the Magistrates manning the mobile courts.
The situation in Dadin Kowa pedestrian bridge was an eyesore as the place was littered with faeces and other garbages and
According to the information by the residents and the PEPSA officials,the residents normally come out in the night to defecate around the bridge because the heavy duty vehicles parked by the road side covers them to defecate there,the Commissioner was seriously unhappy with the situation and promised that a prompt action will be taken to sanitize the entire place.
At the Building Materials first Gate, the Commercial Motorcycle Operators were seen busy cleaning their surrounding and clear gutters. The team was very elated with their conduct but frowned at the untidy environment at the pavement where Irish potatoes sellers display their goods. The Permanent Secretary said they will soon evacuate the women because they are occupying the place illegal.
While in Bukuru,the Headquarters of Jos South Local Government Area, the residents, particularly the traders closed their shops and cleaned their environment and their surroundings,the team was visibly elated with the traders unlike in the past that the level of compliance was so poor.
At the end of the exercise,the Commissioner For Environment,Hon. Peter Gwom Express his joy with the traders in Bukuru for their compliance and said he will ensure that his ministry will do everything possible to ensure the state is sanitize and kept clean.
On the blockage of drainages, said it happens as a result of street hawkers.
The Commissioner said there is need for Government to have an alternative to put them in because we are in tough times and people are striving to make earns need..
The ministry will seek for Private Partnership in the nearest Future to park refuse.
Speaking on the Health Implications of the untidy environment, the Commissioner for Health,Dr. Cletus Bako.
Said environment that is not clean has serious effects and consequences and that’s why the Governor declared emergency on Sanitation to ensure that Plateau state is record as one of the cleanest state in the Federation and when you have a state that’s not clean,you are prone to have so many diseases especially Communicable diseases that usually arises as a result of dirty Environment and diseases like cholera, Diarrhea among others and that’s why we are embarking on the sanitation to ensure that our environment is clean.
In her on observation and remarks, the Head of civil service, said the Compliance in Jos last month was better than this Month while in Bukuru was better than last month.
I think next time,we need to take more serious measures because people are supposed to be at homes to clean their environments during the sanitation period.
She said they are hoping that next month,there will be more improvement on the level of compliance and they will ensure that the information get down to the people.
Some people are complaining that they were not aware of the exercise and the ministry of Environment need to collaborate with the ministry of information, National Orientation Agency and other media organizations so that the message will go down to the people.
The Transition Committee Chairman of Jos South L.G.A.
Hon. Peter Vwang Dung
Said he was impressed with the level of compliance in His Locality.
I have gone round from Vom Junction to Mararaban Jama’a and this is the second month of sanitation with the coming of this administration and I hope our people will keep complying and keep their environments clean and continuously so that we improve on our sanitation activities .
We will continue to synergise with the ministry of Environment to see that Jos South and the state remains clean and when environment is clean,we are more healthier.
The team rounded up the exercise at the Vom Junction.