Kaduna Governor says Kaduna is too dirty

Late Patrick Yakowa

Over two years after emerging governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa went round the state capital and concluded that the state capital was too dirty.

Mr. Yakowa, who went round Kaduna city on Saturday to assess the conduct of the state’s monthly sanitation exercise, stated that the city has remained dirty in spite of the huge amount being spent by the state government on waste management.

The governor, thereafter, threatened to sack contractors handling the evacuation of solid waste in the state for poor performance.

Mr. Yakowa told newsmen in Kaduna that the government would review the performance of the contractors, and sack those found wanting.

He complained about the heaps of refuse dumped on major high ways of the city, saying, “erring solid waste contractors will be sacked irrespective of their connection because they are not fulfilling their part of the contract agreement.”

He directed all commissioners to work with the Ministry for Environment to develop ways through which the state would attain the Millennium Development Goals on sanitation.

The realisation of the dirty state of the city angered the governor so much that he ordered the ministry of environment to seal-off “companies, industries, shops, offices and houses that fail to maintain best environmental sanitation practices.”

The governor warned traders along Ahmadu Bello way to desist from defacing the high way, saying, “Ahmadu Bello way is a memorial route to all Kaduna residents and it should be cleaned as much as possible.”

He observed that the various government ministries and departments were also dirty and directed all commissioners to ensure that the situation was changed.

Also speaking on the exercise, the Commissioner for Environment, Zakaria Shamaki, blamed the nonchalant attitude of residents for the poor sanitary condition of the city.

Mr. Shamaki lamented that the residents hardly observed the monthly sanitation.

“Some women even opened their shops during the exercise,” he said.

He warned that environmental defaulters would henceforth be sanctioned, while the sack of erring contractors would commence from the next sanitation day.

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