15 December 2008

Nigeria: Sokoto Establishes Sanitation Mobile Courts

Following the re-introduction of monthly sanitation in Sokoto by the state government, sanitation mobile courts are to be established to try violators of sanitation laws.

Permanent Secretary, Sokoto State Ministry of Environment Engr. Muhammed Jabi Shagari said this while addressing offenders during the flag off of the monthly exercise at the weekend. Six vehicles and 32 motorcycles were apprehended for violating sanitation rules.

According to Engr. Jabi Shagari, the Sokoto state Task Force Committee on Environmental Sanitation was lenient to them as the exercise was re-launched that day.

He said the committee would be very strict during subsequent exercise and that anyone apprehended would be punished accordingly.

The permanent secretary called on motorists and motorcyclists to refrain from movement during the exercise, while urging all members of the public to cooperate with the state government in order to ensure good sanitary condition of the state capital.

He said it is vital that traders and residents ensure that their surroundings are kept clean at all times.

Chairman of the committee and state commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Alhaji Tsalha Sidi Mamman who noted the large turn out of the various groups and organizations for the sanitation exercise, said the gesture contributed to the success recorded.

He said it is their determination to ensure the restoration of the lost glory of the state capital as one of the cleanest cities in the country.

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