The Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency (KWEPA), has launched a house to house inspection in a bid to curb open defecation, which is one of the major factors responsible for the spread of diseases.
The inspection commenced at Sango axis in Ilorin where Environmental Health Officers and some members of staff of the Agency, thoroughly inspected houses to ascertain the provision of toilet facilities in the buildings.
In the course of inspection, about Twenty (20) houses in the area covered were issued with abatement notices for lack of toilet facilities while those with soak away system that have not been evacuated; and another one referred to as a source of water contaminant also received abatement notices.
Earlier, in a live radio programme, the General Manager of the Agency, Alhaji Sa’ad Ayuba Dan-Musa had disclosed that the Agency will be starting from Sango due to complaints received from well meaning Kwarans which presents the area as one of the dirtiest areas in the state.
Alhaji Sa’ad Ayuba Dan-Musa informed shop Owners in Sango metropolis that the Agency will provide waste bags for them at a token and Waste Contractors would be assigned to pick them up weekly.
He encouraged the shop Owners to always maintain a clean environment because ‘health is wealth’ and a clean environment has the potential to attract customers to their shops.
The Head of department, Waste Management, Mrs Olawumi Taiwo Adedotun, said that Environmentalists known as ‘wole-wole’ were highly feared in the past as people see them as enforcer of cleanliness.
She however, advised the Environmental Officers to be committed, dedicated as well as discharge their duties effectively for successful enforcement of environmental cleanliness and sanity across the state.