By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Commissioner of Environment and Forestry in Niger State, Mohammed Tanko Zakari has said that the ongoing fumigation of public places, being carried out by the state’s Environmental Protect Agency was to rid the state of vectors including the dreaded Coronavirus.
The exercise commenced on Wednesday and it is to be done in all twenty five council areas of the state. The commissioner said the fumigation of public places was to rid the state of the outbreak of Covid-19 virus in the state.
Tanko Zakari who represented governor Abubakar Sani Bello at the flag off of the exercise at the Kure ultramodern market, (Minna Central market), assured that the exercise will be carried out in public places across the twenty five, (25) local government areas of the state.
“We are doing this to make sure, in addition to other measures, that our territories are well sterilized.
He listed places to be fumigated to include, markets, Mosques, Churches, schools, supermarkets, motor parks, recreational squares, and other public places where large crowd often converge at.
On the safety of the chemicals being used, he allayed the fears being expressed by some citizens that the chemicals was harmful. He said the spray was not harmful to humans and the environment.
The commissioner appreciated the people for their patience and for complying with the government’s directives to allow the places to be sprayed.
General Manager, of the state Environmental Protection Agency, (NISEPA), Habibu Abdulkhadir, said the exercise was expected to last three weeks. He explained that the exercise was aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.