Lokoja- The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Kogi, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, on Saturday said the state government recorded an appreciable success for September monthly environmental sanitation.
The commissioner made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), after the exercise in Lokoja.
She the September sanitation was more successful than the previous ones since it was launched in May 2016.
Osikoya noted that the huge success was not unconnected with the whole lots of efforts made by the State Government towards the exercise.
“Government has provided more of cleaning equipment, machinery, personnel and adequate fund which have enabled us to ensure enforcement and compliance.
“Though there are pockets of low compliance recorded in some parts of the state, but generally the level of compliance is really encouraging compare to the previous ones.
“We have two Mobile Court on ground to prosecute sanitation offenders, buses to convey them, option of N2, 500 as fine, and N5, 000 for harassment of environmental officers.
“Our target today is to encourage the people of Kogi to clean their surroundings and to also generate revenue for the State Government which we have achieved,” Osikoya said.
Mrs Florence Joseph, the General Manager of Kogi State Sanitation and Waste Management Board (KSSWMB), told NAN that the level of compliance was better compared to the previous ones.
According to her, 65 to 70 per cent compliance was recorded which was a pass mark.
“Individuals are expected to clean their surroundings, cut the grasses and clear drains to ensure free-flowing of waters to prevent flooding and transmission of diseases,” she said.
The general manager, however, advised the people to make sanitation a continuous habit by keeping their environment clean and green always.
NAN reports that the law enforcement agencies, including the Police, Civil Defense, Peace Corps, Vigilante group and officials of the Sanitation Board were fully mobilised to enforce the restriction of movement order.
NAN also reports that many defaulters were arrested with some of them fined N2, 500 each, while others were ordered to clear the drains and several others were taken to court for prosecution.
One of the Offenders, Ibrahim Umar, told NAN that he was only having N1, 000 with him when he was arrested, that he had to borrow N1, 500 to complete the payment and regain his freedom.