Ilorin – The Kwara Government has directed the 16 local governments in the state to provide dump sites for proper refuse disposal.
The Special Adviser on Environment, Alhaji Manzuma Kawu, told newsmen on Tuesday in Ilorin that creation of dump sites in the communities would help to rid the state of filth.
He spoke following reports that refuse has taken over most parts of the metropolis.
Kawu said the state government had already intervened by providing 20 refuse trucks to clear the streets of heaps of waste.
“Government has deployed 20 trucks to clear the refuse, while those at dump sites will be evacuated before Friday.’’
He stressed the need for the communities to be adequately sensitised against indiscriminate dumping of refuse and burning of waste.
According to him, refuse burning pollute the air and cause health problems for the people.
Kawu said the environmental cleanliness should be a joint responsibility of both the government and the people.
The governor’s adviser urged residents to be disciplined and cooperate with relevant agencies to ensure a clean environment.
He warned against open defecation by the people and advised landlords to provide toilets in their houses.
On the building of filling stations in residential areas, Kawu called on the town planning authority and other relevant agencies to check the practice.
“Layouts should be created for filling stations like industrial layouts.
“Filling stations should not be located in residential areas.’’ (NAN)