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FCT Cautions Landlords Over Unhealthy Environmenta

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The Gwagwalada Area Council in the FCT has warned landlords in the area to provide toilets in their houses or be ready to face prosecution ..

Alhaji Usman Yahaya, the Secretary of the council issued the warning in an interview with  correspondent  Gwagwalada last Thursday.

Yahaya said the warning became necessary as it had been observed that many people get infected with gastroenteritis at the inception of every rainy season due to the consumption of water.

The Tide learnt that some landlords in the council recently appeared before a Gwagwalada Magistrate Court over failure to comply with sanitation laws.

Yahaya said that the court summons were served on the landlords for failure to provide toilets for their households and deliberate blockage of drains.

He said that the summons served on the landlords and their consequent appearance before the court was a demonstration of the council’s commitment to issues bordering on sanitation.

“If you go round, you will discover that most of our drains have been blocked and 80 per cent of houses within this area are without toilets.

“We have been trying to educate the people on the need to maintain a healthy environment so as to avoid the outbreak of diseases.

“Since they are not ready to comply, the next option for us is to commence enforcement of sanitation laws and that is why so many of them are being served with court summons. “

Meanwhile the FCT has also condemned the spreading of clothes on balcony railings along highways, bridges, railings on landscaped sites, walkways and other public spaces in the capital territory.

“It noted that many public buildings, offices, bridges and residential buildings along major highways in the FCT as well as some private and government buildings, have been turned into drycleaner lines for spreading washed clothes along many highways and inner streets”, it said.

A statement from the area council also observed that, the fact was most noticeable in areas where there were concentrations of mechanic workshops as well as drainage alignments.

It advised the people of the Gwagwalada Area Council to spread their washed clothes within the confines of their homes.

The statement advised landlords who engaged private corporate security guards, who have also been found to be involved in the act, to henceforth desist from such.

It urged such landlords to enlighten and educate their tenants and their employees on the implications of this unaccepted act, stressing that the government would not hesitate to apply the full sanction of the state’s sanitation laws on such culprits.

“This Villages Culture’ does not only deface our environment, but also destroys the aesthetics and the green culture being promoted by government across the FCT.

“This retrogressive culture is archaic and should never be tolerated in any part of the FCT as the massive regeneration and ongoing transformation is to make Abuja model mega-city.

“The general public is hereby notified and warned that perpetrators of this uncivilised act will not only forfeit such clothes to the Motherless babies homes and Orphanages, but may also be prosecuted, in accordance’s with the state’s Sanitation Laws,” it added.

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LG Boss Moves To Make Council Area Cleanest In Rivers

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Chairman of Ogba/Egbema / Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon Vincent Job, has announced a compulsory monthly sanitation exercise in the area.
Job told newsmen in Omoku last Saturday that the situation was in line with his campaign promise to make ONELGA one of the cleanest in the state.
He called on residents to ensure that their surroundings are kept clean always.
The ONELGA chairman said his administration will continue to sensitise the people on the importance of cleanliness at all times.
Job also restated his commitment to complement Governor Nyesom Wike in the areas of human capital and infrastructural development.
“I will describe the sanitation exercise today as awesome. It is in fulfillment of our campaign promise”.
“We must lead by example, my humble self, Vice Chairman, councilors and members of the executives are on the field to monitor, supervise and direct the exercise,” he said.
He urged the people to cooperate with his administration in the drive to reposition ONELGA for greater heights.

By: John Bibor

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AELN Takes Campaign On Environment To School …Inaugurates Green Mandates

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The Association of Environmental Lawyers of Nigeria (AELN), last Friday, took its sensitisation and advocacy campaign to Community Secondary School, Rumuepirikom in Port Harcourt with a charge to students of the school to join the vanguard of protecting and preserving the environment as well as keeping it clean at all times.
The association equally inaugurated some students of the school as green mandates, even as it promised scholarship to those who succeed in gaining admission in universities in the country to study Environmental Law.
Led by the National President of the association, and Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Law, Dr. Samuel Chisa Dike, the group took time to educate the students on what constitutes the environment in totality and some of the environmental challenges confronting the Niger Delta region in particular including flooding, erosion and pollution arising from oil and gas activities in the region.
Dike, who primarily dished out the lectures, at the end of it all, asked the students sundry questions, which they brilliantly provided answers to.
Interestingly, all the students who answered the questions correctly were rewarded with customised exercise books to aid and assist them in their courses of study in the school.
The National President said the association took the sensitisation campaign to the school in order to catch them young, and to inculcate in them environmental ethics, as the environment constitutes life itself and the future, for which reason, mankind must strive to preserve and protect it at all times.
According to him, the sensitisation campaign on the environment is for everybody and not only for the young.
The National Organising Secretary of the association, Mrs Tina Ihunna decorated the students who volunteered to become green mandates.
The visibly elated Principal of the school, Mrs Nina Okene thanked members of the association for the initiative, and enjoined the students to read and study hard in order to bag the association’s scholarship awards, stressing that there is need to take care of the environment.

By: Donatus Ebi

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2021 Flooding: NEMA Tasks States On Emergency Measures

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The South South zonal office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has called on states in the zone to be prepared to relocate their citizens to higher grounds in the events of flooding this year.
Zonal Director of the agency, Godwin Tepikor said this in an exclusive interview with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt.
Tepikor said in line with the Nigerian Hydrological Survey Agency (NIHSA) production, some parts of the Niger Delta will experience devastating flooding this year.
He said the prediction should make state governments in the region to think of enduring measures to mitigate the impact of the impending flood disaster.
The Zonal Director, however regretted that most state governments in the Niger Delta region are not giving a thought to the issue.
“Let’s begin to take measures to mitigate the impact of flood, people should look for a higher ground to move to”, he said.
He noted that states in the region have roles to play in the management of flooding and its impact, stressing that NEMA is only playing the role of a coordinator as far as flooding management is concerned.
The Director also advised citizens in the zone to adopt measures that will reduce the impact of flooding in their communities.
According to him, citizens must stop using waterways as a receptacle to throw waste while building on water right of ways should be discouraged.
He also called for regular sanitation to clear the waterways of debris, while both states and local governments in the zone must regularly enlighten their people on ways of combating flooding

By: John Bibor

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