By Mariam Adams
In line with the commitment of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Usman Ododo, to foster a clean and healthy environment in Kogi State, the government has announced immediate measures to enhance sanitation management.
Since assuming office, the Commissioner of Environment and Ecological Management, Engr. Joseph Oluwasegun Stephen, has embarked on an intensive sanitation and awareness campaign across the state, known as Operation Clean the City.
This initiative, which commenced on Monday, involves various activities such as waste removal and drainage desilting. It encompasses streets, market centers, roadways, and transportation hubs.
Joseph has urged the residents of Kogi State to refrain from indiscriminate waste disposal and littering of gutters. He has also advised traders to avoid displaying their goods along the roadside.
He emphasized that the present administration has a zero-tolerance policy towards uncleanliness, and individuals who fail to comply with the regulations will face legal consequences.
Furthermore, Joseph emphasized that the sanitation campaign will extend to rural areas, as the current government is determined to enforce comprehensive sanitation practices.
During the campaign, the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Jibrin Sheidu, appealed to the residents of Kogi State to cooperate with the Ministry in order to achieve the government’s vision of maintaining a clean and healthy environment, free from health hazards caused by poor waste management.
The Kogi State Waste and Sanitation Board, under the leadership of the General Manager, Mr. Femi Ajayi, has mobilized its team to ensure the smooth execution of sanitation activities.