The Gombe State Government says it will introduce mobile courts to prosecute those who contravene its environmental laws, to curb open defecation and other offences.Hajiya Sa’adatu Da’af, the Commissioner for Environment and Forest Resources, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Friday that the court was to improve sanitation in the state.
The commissioner said that the ministry also planned to re-introduce the use of environmental sanitary inspectors who would work with the court.
She said that environmental laws were not lacking in the state but the challenge had been inadequate manpower.
According to her, the court will go a long way in bringing an end to open defecation in Gombe metropolis and environs.
“We want to come out with more ways on how to completely stop the practice.” she said.
Da’af said that the state would construct more Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines in public places like markets and motor parks to put an end to open defecation.
The commissioner decried the arbitrary dumping of tyres in drains and roadsides by vulcanisers, and deforestation arising from felling of trees for firewood.
She said that the government would also resuscitate the monthly environmental sanitation exercise soon as part of the measures to improve sanitation in the state.
“We will make sure that we do not leave any stone unturned. We want a clean environment for healthy living,” Da’af said.
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