Worried by the alarming rate of indiscriminate dumping of refuse on waterways and unauthorised dumping ground in the state, the Nasarawa State government yesterday said it would reintroduce monthly environmental sanitation in the state to check the menace of refuse dumping on waterways.
Acting General Manager, Nasarawa State Environmental Protection Agency, Iliya Yusuf Adeke, who disclosed this in an interview with News men in Lafia, explained that the reintroduction of the exercise would reawaken the consciousness of residents on the importance of keeping their environment clean. He decried indiscriminate dumping of refuse on waterways by people, particularly residents of Lafia, the state capital, thereby causing erosion and flooding.
“Despite creating awareness, some residents in the state continue to dump refuse on waterways, and this is one of the challenges we are facing in the state,” Adeka lamented. According to him, a letter had been written and forwarded to the state government for the return of the monthly exercise, saying that it would begin as soon as approval was received.
The acting manager said the agency in collaboration with the state Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals, was working round the clock to curtail indiscriminate falling of trees for firewood, timber or charcoal business, saying anyone caught doing so would be arrested and prosecuted.