From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Government says it has established 36 mobile courts across its 13 local government areas to ensure strict enforcement of the state’s environmental sanitation laws.
The Voice reports that the state government had in the year 2020, enacted the environmental sanitation laws aimed at ensuring that residents of the state clean their surroundings at the last saturday of every month.
The Permanent Secretary, Nasarawa State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Alhaji Garba Mohammed, made the disclosure on Saturday in Lafia while briefing journalists immediately after monitoring the monthly sanitation across the state.
The Permanent Secretary, represented by the Chief Environment Officer at the Ministry, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed, narrated that 42 persons were arrested while transacting various businesses during this month’s exercise, and have been charged to court for prosecution.
He said: “We have 36 mobile courts in the state. One each across the 13 LGAs but in Lafia and Karu, we have 3 each for administrative convenience. We also have the mobile courts spread across the development areas.
“Today, we arrested 42 persons for violating the state environmental sanitation laws. 28 of them were arrested in Lafia and its environs while 14 were arrested in other LGAs.
“The offenders shall be prosecuted according to the offences they committed, and based on the provisions of section 9 sub-section 2 of the State Environmental Sanitation Law 2020, which states that a defaulter shall pay N10,000 or serve two months in prison or both.”