Jigawa Government says it has cleared a total of 37,000 metres of drains, culverts and other waterways in Dutse, the state capital.
Managing Director, Dutse Capital Development Authority (DCDA), Mr Sale Abubakar, told newsmen in Dutse on Sunday that the exercise was carried out between July 25 and July 29. Abubakar said that all the wastes generated from the exercise were evacuated and disposed, as part of the comprehensive waste and drain clearance operations, designed to enhance sanitation in the area.
He added that the agency also sensitised the people on the need to keep the environment clean and promote good sanitation habit.
Also speaking, Mr Najib Falalu-Gantsa, Special Assistant to Gov. Muhammad Badaru on Urban Renewal and Development, said that the exercise was part of government’s proactive measures to promote effective waste management and sanitation in the area.
Falalu-Gantsa said that the exercise was carried out in collaboration with the government, communities and self-help groups in the area.
The governor’s aide added that the gesture was also aimed at preventing flood, as all the waterways were filled up with sand and dirt.
According to him, the government, in collaboration with stakeholders, will continue to protect the environment through effective waste management.
Falalu-Gantsa advised people to take their wastes to the appropriate and designated disposal centres and desist from indiscriminate dumping of wastes in residential areas and waterways.