By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
The General Manager of Kaduna Environmental Protection Authority (KEPA), Maimuna Zakari led a team of her staff and volunteers on a mop up walk around Bachama Road in Tudun Wada area of Kaduna metropolis, in a bid to rid the streets of plastic and refuse.
The GM who was personally involved in picking up plastic, cellophane bags and other biodegradable objects along with the members of her team, also took out time to go from house-to-house and shops to enlighten members of the community on the harmful effects of biodegradable materials on the community
One of the houses inspected by the Maimuna-led team was discovered to have no toilet, furthermore an open drainage was conspicuously dug from the compound of the house to the middle of the road.
The pathetic condition of the house drew the irk of Maimuna Zakari that she had to admonish the occupants on the need to keep their surroundings clean.
Speaking to a group of journalists, the District Head of Tudun Wada, commended the efforts of the GM for embarking on the mop up tour.
” We are very happy that the KEPA boss chose to start from this place. This would help to educate our people and keep the area clean.
“The GM has also seen the sanitary situation of the area, in some places, there are no toilets, no bathrooms and other places no drainage channels.
“I am therefore, appealing to the state government, through KEPA to help construct drainage channels along the streets and to set aside a day that the community would engage in environmental sanitation.
A volunteer and members of plastic mop team, Madam Doris Zakama Shanni, Programmes Manager, Centre For Water and Environment Development, who was actively engaged in enlightening traders on how to dispose plastic, also commended KEPA management for embarking on enlightenment campaigns aimed at keeping Kaduna free of plastic wastes.
Speaking to the press during the exercise, Maimuna Zakari assured members of the community that the state government would look into their requests with the view of set a day aside to environmental cleanup.
She further emphasised the need for community members to keep their environment clean, free from plastic and other wastes as well.
The GM assured members of the public that the clean up exercise would be on a continuous basis.