Some of the residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria , expressed concern over indiscriminate disposal of refuse in many wards in the metropolis as some households still dumped refuse in drainages.
“Something needs to be done since some people are still dumping refuse in drainages despite the sustained campaign against the act.
“Government needs to introduce sanitary officers in all wards and these personnel would drag defaulters to sanitation court for sanction.
“Some residents empty their toilet wastes into drainages at night, an act that that can culminate in the outbreak of cholera,” Hafiz Ali, a resident said.
Ali noted that the development has remained a source of concern to many residents who did not know who to complain to, as most of the suspected culprits are considered “big men” in the area.
“Having sanitary officers on patrol can check such excesses and help sit people up to their responsibility in ensuring clean and healthy environment in line with the state 25-year development plan geared towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Ali said.
Abubakar Ibrahim and Faruk Abdullahi lauded the government for resuscitating the state monthly sanitation programme, as well as the recruitment of some youths as sanitation vanguards.
“The monthly sanitation exercise that involves the participation of clubs and associations only ended up ensuring major roads are clean as areas of concentration but streets and drainage inside wards remained dirty.
“Some residents just use the sanitation days to sleep at home while some youths play football on empty streets. There is no authority to ensure compliance.
“We need sanitation officers just as we have the newly created Borno State Transport Management Agency (BOTMA) that ensures sanity on the roads,” Ibrahim said.
John Zakariya, who also supports the introduction of sanitary officers, observed that they would not only improve sanitation in city but also generate revenue from fines.
“Every time the governor inaugurates a new township road and drainage, he stressed the need for maintenance by advising residents to desist from dumping refuse.
“Since some people are still stubborn by refusing to do the proper thing, there is a need for a relevant authority to compel them.
“We have Civilian Joint Task Force supporting the military and other security agencies in the area of security, we also have BOTMA supporting the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in containing reckless driving by motorists, there is also the need to have sanitary officers and effective sanitation court to ensure clean environment.
“There is this saying that cleanliness is next to godliness,” Zakariya added.
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