Ebonyi To Begin House-To-House Sanitary Inspection
The Ebonyi State Government plans intensive house-to-house sanitary inspection in Abakaliki next week.
Chief Paul Okorie, the Commissioner for Environment, made this known in Abakaliki on Saturday, while monitoring this month’s sanitation exercise in the city.
He said that the inspection would be undertaken by a combined team of health officers drawn from the ministries of health and environment, as well as other relevant agencies.
“During the inspection, emphasis will be placed on household cleanliness and blockages which impede the free flow of water in the neighbourhood’s drainages.
“Resident, who constitute a menace to our environment, no matter how highly placed, would be prosecuted by the state sanitation court,” he warned.
Okorie said that efforts were underway to expand the sanitary inspection programme to cover all the local government areas of the state.
He advised residents of Abakaliki to clear the refuse dumped in the drainages around their houses.
“Residents should make use of waste-disposal bins situated at strategic locations around the town for disposing their refuse,” he said.
Okorie stressed that more waste bins would be procured and stationed across Abakaliki, in view of the challenges facing the government in clearing refuse heaps across the city.
“The permanent waste-disposal site in Abakaliki will soon be ready for use, as government is presently settling issues of compensation to land owners, among others,” he said.
However, the commissioner noted that in spite of government’s efforts to sensitise the citizens to the need to observe the days set aside for environmental sanitation; many residents still flout the regulation.
The unfortunate development will, however, not deter the ministry from executing its preventive sanitary measures, aimed at enhancing the sanitary wellbeing of the citizens,” he said.
During the day’s exercise, more than 150 persons were arrested and prosecuted by the sanitation court presided over by Mr. Chinua Ukwa.
The offenders were given jail sentences, ranging from three to six months, or options of fine, ranging from N2,000 to N10,000.