From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Nasarawa State Government has arrested 103 persons for violating the state environmental sanitation laws.
The Chief Prosecuting Officer at the state Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed disclosed this Saturday in an interview with journalists after monitoring the monthly sanitation exercise in Lafia, the state capital.
Mohammed said that the offenders were arrested across the 13 local government areas of the state for transacting their private businesses while the sanitation exercise was in progress.
He said that the offences violated the provisions of Section 9 (2) of the State Environmental Sanitation Law.
“The offenders are being prosecuted by various the mobile courts across the state to serve as a deterrent to others,” he said.
Speaking in another interview, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Yakubu Kwanta expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with the sanitation exercise by residents of the state, especially in Lafia metropolis.
Kwanta said that about 90 percent of the residents have so far complied, appreciating traditional rulers, chairmen of LGAs, as well as the security agencies for the success recorded so far.
He noted that the state had strengthened the capacity of sanitation enforcement inspectors, and deployed them to rural areas for house-to-house inspection to enhance efficiency.
“Residents should cooperate more with the government towards ensuring that the state is clean in their best interest.
“If the environment is kept clean, it will guard against possible outbreak of any disease, thereby ensuring improved healthy living of the people,” he said.
He, therefore, called on members of the public to always keep their environment clean to guard against outbreaks of diseases.