Isaac Olamikan, Benin City
Edo State Government has urged local government councils to strengthen enforcement of sanitation laws in the state in order to keep public places clean and healthy for residents.
Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Engr. Jonathan Lawani made the call while addressing Heads of Local Government and Heads of Department of Environment at a stakeholders’ meeting in Benin City.
He said that the state government would embark on inspection of local government councils to monitor enforcement of the environmental laws, adding that culpable councils would be sanctioned.
The commissioner also said that the Ministry would collaborate with local councils in ensuring that their localities were kept clean always, noting that the primary responsibility of ensuring a clean and healthy environment rests with the local government, with emphasis on markets and public places as any market found filthy would be closed down.
In the same vein, the Commissioner for Community & Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Donald Okogbe urged the Heads of Local Government to be up and doing in ensuring a clean environment for all.
On his part, the General Manager, Edo State Waste Management Board, Mr Charles Imarhiagbe, condemned the illegal dumping of refuse, and added the board has deployed some of its personnel to work with the local government council in order to ensure a clean environment.