By Kingsley Braide
Chairman of the Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority, Mr Tolu Amatu has hailed the level of compliance in Saturday’s sanitation exercise across the state.
He said the attitude towards the monthly clean-up exercise across has greatly improved but added that a lot still needs to be done to maintain a healthier state.
Mr. Amatu while briefing journalists in Yenagoa, shortly after going round some major streets and roads to monitor the exercise, expressed satisfaction with the turn-out, saying the consciousness about a clean environment is gaining momentum among the people.
His words: “What we saw today was impressive. The compliance was a bit okay compared to other times. Initially when we started, we see people going about their normal businesses especially traders but today, we have changed the narrative and Bayelsans are now aware that every last Saturday of the month is a sanitation day in the state”.
While appreciating business owners at the popular Tombia markets for setting the pace, the sanitation chairman however advised shop owners at Swali and Kpansia markets to emulate the traders in Tombia.
He stated that the authority under his watch, would not condone any act of lawlessness and would stop at nothing to ensure that the state is clean at all times.
Mr. Amatu, who used the medium to renew his call on residents of Yenagoa, especially the Obele axis to refrain from using the period for sporting activities and other social gatherings warned that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on residents of Yenagoa especially, Obele axis to refrain from using the period for sporting activities and other social gatherings as anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.
“Making our state habitable is a collective responsibility of all Bayelsans and we should not relent” he said
Our correspondent who monitored the exercise reports that some defaulters were arrested and would be prosecuted in order to serve as deterrent to others.