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Nasarawa arrests 53 over environmental sanitation laws violation

Nasarawa arrests 53 over environmental sanitation laws violation

Authorities at the Nasarawa State Ministry of Environment on Saturday arrested a total of 53 persons for allegedly violating the environmental sanitation laws.

Chief Prosecutor of the Ministry, Abubakar Mohammed, said the offenders were  apprehended across five Local Government Areas.

He said that 18 persons were arrested in Lafia, nine in Doma, nine in Obi, 12 in Akwanga and 15 in Keffi respectively.

He said that they were caught transacting their businesses and driving around during the hours set aside for sanitation exercise.

However, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, Garba Rocha-Mohammed, expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance by members of the public during the March sanitation exercise.

Addressing newsmen after the exercise on Saturday in Lafia, he described the level of compliance as impressive and attributed it to support from security agencies, traditional rulers, media as well as inspection teams from the Ministry.

He also commended the residents, especially shop owners, for clearing drains around their environments and shops as well as motorists for keeping off the roads during the exercise.

Garba also appealed to Chairmen of various Local Government Areas (LGAs) to key into the exercise in order to ensure its success.

He called on members of the public to always keep their environments clean to guard against the outbreak of all diseases.

“Residents should cooperate more with the government towards ensuring that the state is clean in their best interest.

“If the environment is kept clean, it will guard against possible outbreak of any disease, thereby ensuring improved healthy living of the people,’’ he said.

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