Lack of toilets: Court fines 5 business premises N10,000 each

Jonah Jang

The businesses’ action violated Plateau environmental laws.

A mobile Chief Magistrates’ Court in Jos on Friday fined five business premises and a landlord N10, 000 each for violating environment laws in Plateau State.

They were fined for not having toilets within their premises while the landlord was fined N15, 000 for not having a toilet and a bathroom.

The Chief Magistrate, Venchak Gaba, imposed the fines while delivering judgment after an operation by the Plateau Environmental Protection and Sanitation Agency (PEPSA) at Tudun-Wada in Jos.

“I wonder why you outrightly failed to comply with notices given to you to provide toilets, bathrooms and make amendments in your business premises and house. Having failed to comply, you have violated the environment laws of the state and therefore culpable,” he said.

He gave the defaulters 30 days within which to comply with the law or have their premises closed down.

Mr. Gaba warned that “failure to pay the fines is imprisonment and order for such premises be closed down after six days period.”

He decried the absence of conveniences in pomp areas where local beers were brewed and sold, warning that “nobody found violating the environment law will be spared.”

Shortly after the judgment, PEPSA Director of Enforcement, Thomas Chollom, told the News Agency of Nigeria that his agency’s operation was aimed at ensuring that all environment laws observed by the public.

“Trial of defaulters is always the last resort as we do go from house to house on inspection.

“In all, what we expect is for them to comply,” Mr. Chollom said.

(NAN)


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