Benue state too poor to be clean

Tiv Dance Swange

Benue Environmental Sanitation Agency said it cannot create a green environment because it is underfunded.

The General Manager of the Benue Environmental Sanitation Agency, BENSESA, Ediga Akpa, says lack of funds is responsible for the agency’s inability to create a green and serene environment in the state.

Mr. Akpa, who disclosed this in an interview on Tuesday in Makurdi, said the agency could not embark on sensitive projects due to paucity of funds.

“Due to paucity of funds, we cannot embark on projects that can make the state clean and habitable,” he said.

Mr. Akpa said the agency needed funds to procure equipment to clean and sanitise the state, and expressed regret that it had depended on “the meagre revenue it generated in 2012, till date”.

He also said that the agency was understaffed, adding that it had less than 16 members of staff to carry out the task of keeping the entire state clean.

Mr. Akpa said the agency needs about 1,000 workers to provide a habitable environment for the people of the state.

He noted that BENSESA was a revenue-generating agency, and said that if properly funded it would generate huge revenue and employment opportunities for the people.

The general manager warned the people against dumping refuse in the drains, saying that it could cause flooding and lead to outbreak of diseases.

Mr. Akpa said that sanitation is the responsibility of the government and the citizenry, and that all and sundry must obey sanitation rules or face sanctions.

He commended the Neighbourhood Environmental Sanitation Committee for its effort at sensitising the people on the need for habitable environment.

 

(NAN)

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