From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

The Kebbi State Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Musa Muhammad-Tungulawa, has said that the state government will re-introduce monthly environmental sanitation.

He disclosed this at a meeting with the state Task Force on Health and Environmental Sanitation Committee in Birnin Kebbi.

Tungulawa said the essence of re-introducing the monthly sanitation was to complement the efforts of Gov. Nasir Idris at beautifying the state.

According to him, the beautification of the state capital and other towns in the four Emirates would be worthless if the environment is not secured for human habitation.

He said the meeting was organised to find out what the committee “is doing” and chart a way forward to enable it achieve its mandate.

The commissioner, who promised to review the monthly allowances of the committee members, also advocated for a review of the Edict of the environmental laws.

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He instructed the committee to go ahead and organised meetings to come up with a suitable blueprint on how to carry out its legitimate responsibilities.

Earlier, state Chairman of the task force, Mr Dantani Sarki, said the committee “is currently into inspection of government and private hospitals, abattoirs, hotels and markets among others to ascertain their hygienic status.”

Sarki explained that the visits had yielded positive results, as the facilities strictly complied to the advice provided by the committee.

The chairman stressed the need for the committee to be involved in the cultural festivities being organised by different emirates in the state to ensure a sound and healthy environment before and during the festivals.

He advocated for an aggressive awareness campaign to enlighten the public on the importance of environmental sanitation.

It was agreed at the meeting that last Saturday of every month be set aside for environmental sanitation starting from April 27.

They also resolved that the exercise would start with the state capital and later be extended to other local government areas of the state.