Sunday 31 October 2021


By: Willy Punvwet (Lafia),

The Nasarawa State Government has expressed its displeasure, over the lukewarm attitude of most people towards the monthly environmental exercise in the state, after over 48 persons were arrested for violating the state Environmental Sanitation Law yesterday.

The Chief Environmental Officer in the State, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed made the state government’s position known, while briefing media practitioners shortly after the monthly sanitation exercise in Lafia, the state capital yesterday.

Alh. Abubakar stated that, the defaulters would be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the Law, while explaining that, the state Mobile Court has earmarked fines for the various offenses.

He gave an assurance that, the state government would not relent in enforcing the environmental Laws since it is for the benefit of all.

He said, “in this era of COVID-I9, coupled with the recent   outbreak of cholera in some parts of the country and with an increase in reported cases of typhoid and malaria there is the great need for all citizens to keep their environment clean always.

Alh. Abubakar  further explained that, the only remedy to prevent the spread of these infectious diseases is to ensure effective participation in the sanitation exercise.

The Chief Environmental Offer further disclosed that, the state has  recruited more enforcement officers to enable the full enforcement of the state  environmental Law, while appealing to the people of the state  to comply with the laws to avoid getting into unnecessary problem.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Alhaji Aliyu Agwai, praised the efforts of the enforcing officers, which resulted in compelling most residents to comply with the exercise.

He called for strict compliance from members of the public to ensure a clean and healthy environment.

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