In its efforts to revive the monthly environmental sanitation exercise, the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has trained and commissioned over 60 environmental enforcement cadets.
Speaking at the official launching of the cadets, AMAC chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido explained that the team is to visit various communities in the area council to educate and sensitise people, as well as instill discipline for them to be socially responsible.
Candido stated that over time, environmental sanitation has become a public health concern there the council will adopt monthly sanitation exercise, adding that all markets within the council are to set out a day within the week to be observed as environmental sanitation day.
“We wish to apply legislative measure by adopting the last Saturday of every month as our monthly sanitation exercise in the council with immediate effect.
In the same vein, management of all markets under AMAC are hence, with this directive to come up with a day within the week to serve as environmental sanitation day to be observed in order to maintain a clean business environment,” he said.
He therefore called on all residents to support the council to get rid of refuse and restore sanctity in its environs.
Earlier, the head, department of environment (AMAC), Hajiya Maimunatu Abubakar said that the United Nations ranked Nigeria 5th dirty country, due to open defecation due to lack of toilet facilities.
Abubakar explained that due to lack of manpower, the environmental department could not enforce it established guidelines in the city.
She added that with the launching of AMAC environmental enforcement cadet, the body will collaborate with other relevant bodies to rid the community of unsanitary practices