Mrs. Rosemary Osikoya, the Kogi Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, has warned against indiscriminate dumping of waste, and promised severe sanctions against anyone caught.
“Government is disturbed by the discriminate of waste, especially in the urban areas. We are committed to checking this trend and shall not spare anyone involved,” Osikoya said in Lokoja, on Thursday.
Osikoya spoke at a one-day sensitisation campaign on sanitation and waste management, organised by the ministry in collaboration with the NYSC Environmental Protection and Sanitation CDS group.
The commissioner, who was represented by Mr Taiye Peters, director in charge of sanitation, said that sensitising the public had become imperative to educate everyone on the need to maintain clean environments.
“We are calling on residents, shop owners, organisations, corporate bodies and banks to come and procure waste bins for their houses, offices and premises.
“The government has signed an MoU with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd, to provide waste bins of different categories in 60, 120, 240 and 660 litres, which we already have in store.
“As part of our enforcement drive, any household or organisation that refuses to provide sanitary bin in their respective premises, will face the full wrath of the law.
“We expect that this sensitisation programme will further enlighten the people; ignorance of the law will not be tenable,” Peters said.
A corps member, Mr Ayodele Oluwaropo, President of the NYSC Environmental Protection and Sanitation CDS Group, who spoke on the campaign, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the essence of the programme was to sensitise the public on the need to keep their environments clean.
“We are here to tell the people the side effects of not maintaining clean environments; we want them to stop the indiscriminate dumping of refuse and maintain personal hygiene.
“We want to create awareness on sustainable environment management and regeneration so as to promote and sustain healthy environments,” he said. (NAN)