ABUJA – Members of Kpaduma Village, Asokoro Extention of the Federal Capital Territory, on Tuesday embarked on a massive environmental sanitation to avoid drainage blockage during the rainy season.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the members of the community, including young children on holidays, embarked on sanitation in various streets within the locality.
Danjuma Musa, a resident in the area, said the effort was necessitated by the need to clear drains and refuse dumps before the rainy season commences to avoid blockages and flooding.
He expressed regret that the dumps would affect vehicular and pedestrian movement or lead to flooding.
Musa rued the poor conditions of roads in the community, adding that this has affected movement of vehicles.
“We have to clear all the refuse dumps and drains in the area before the rain commences in full to avoid blockages, which usually affects our movements.
“Due to the poor roads in our area, people always have accidents, especially motorcycles.
“The motor mechanics make a lot of money from us because of the effects of the roads on our vehicles, “ he said.
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He, therefore, appealed to the government to assist the community by constructing roads and drainages for the areas to reduce their plights.
Similarly, Sunday Emmanuel said the sanitation embarked by the community would aid in addressing some health hazards usually caused by improper disposal of wastes.
“ This clean-up will keep our environment clean and our people will not suffer from any kind of ailment attributed to unhealthy environment such as cholera, diarrhoea and even malaria. “
Emmanuel, therefore, encouraged other communities to embark on sanitation, rather than wait on community leaders or government to address their plight.
On her part, Precious Shakwaga, a primary school pupil, said she joined in the clean-up exercise to protect her environment from any hazards. (NAN)