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Council to enact by-law on sanitation in Nigeria

Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Zakari Angulu Dobi, yesterday disclosed that the council has concluded arrangements to enact a bye-law that will punish environmental defaulters in the council.

Dobi, who was represented by the council’s secretary, Alhaji Usman Yahaya, made this known at a training workshop organized for staff of the council by the health department of the FCT Millennium Development Goal.

He said the by-law is already with the legislative arm of the council waiting to be gazetted, adding that it will take care of punishments that will be meted on environmental defaulters.

The council boss informed that the council is looking at the possibilities of recycling refuse in the area in order to reduce the huge amount of money being expended on monthly basis to evacuate refuse within the council

“Our surroundings are littered with refuse and pure water bags and we cannot continue to tolerate that,” the chairman said.

The council boss expressed happiness with the task force on health of the FCT MDG for organizing the training and urged the participants to effectively use the knowledge gained from the training in tackling environmental challenges facing the area.

Earlier, the Task Force Manager Health Department of the FCT MDGs programme, Dr. Ndaeyo Iwot, said authorities at area councils have not identified, surveyed and put to use a final dump-site for solid waste with a view to developing it to a landfill site. The development, he said, is making all sanitation efforts unsuccessful.