Plateau Governor Simon Lalong warned that community leaders found to be deficient in dirty environments in their various communities across the state would be punished.
Lalong gave the post in Jos on Saturday at the launch of the “Monthly Sanitation Reanimation Exercise” in the state.
The governor, who was represented by Prof. Danladi Atu, Secretary of the State Government, said that the revival of the sanitation exercise was necessary to ensure the cleanliness of the environment in the state.
According to Lalong, community leaders will be arrested if they do not ensure that their environment is kept clean.
He said the government was committed to the monthly sanitation practice of hiring health workers to supervise the exercise in the communities.
The governor said that local government presidents were also expected to ensure that their community leaders were properly sensitized to ensure cleanliness in their surroundings, especially in the Jos North and Jos South local government areas.
Lalong said the state government was concerned about the dirty nature of its surroundings and therefore the revival of exercise, and said Plateau used to be a tourist haven.
“There can be no tourism in an unclean environment. It is imperative that residents instill cleanliness and environmental hygiene habits.
“This is especially apt with the COVID-19 pandemic, as cleanliness is an antidote. Residents must also adhere to preventive protocols for the disease, ”he said.
Lalong said there were signs of the flooding as eight local governments had experienced the disaster, noting that future incidents could be prevented by cleaning the drain.
Previously, Mr. Gabriel Nshem, Acting General Manager of the Plateau Environmental Protection and Sanitation Agency (PEPSA), urged Plateau residents to cooperate and come out en masse to ensure their environment is clean.
Also speaking, Mr. Idi Usman, Commissioner for the Environment, commended PEPSA for its commitment to its duties despite scarce resources.
Usman appealed to the governor to provide them with more trucks to enable them to carry out their duties diligently.
She also pleaded with Plateau residents to properly dispose of their household waste at designated centers.
He added that cleaning indiscriminate dumps was a great challenge, especially during the rainy season.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that to ensure compliance with sanitation directives in the metropolis of Jos, mobile courts have been put in place to prosecute offenders and restrictions on the movement of vehicles.