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Bauchi environmental agency to ban dumping of wastes on roadsides, streets, to embark on aggressive sensitisation

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By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi

Worried by the negative act of indiscriminate dumping of waste on the streets, roadsides and Pedestrian walkways in Bauchi metropolis and other major towns in the State, Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) is considering banning dumping waste outside designated places. 

The move is to restore the beauty of the state capital and promote cleanliness and sanitation conditions for healthy living and hygiene.

This decision was taken on Wednesday, during a BASEPA Management meeting with all the Directors and some Desk Officers of the Agency in attendance.

This was as contained in a statement by Isyaka Laminu Badamasi, SA Media to DG BASEPA to Apex News Exclusive.

According to the Director General of BASEPA, Dr Ibrahim Kabir the decision became necessary in order to protect the health and wellbeing of the general public and to also ensure the cleanliness of all roads and streets as well to also restore the beauty of the State capital.

Ibrahim Kabir said that, the Agency has already constructed a number of model collection centers across the metropolis and acquired a number in different locations of the metropolis for the purpose of construction of more dumping sites.

The Director General stressed that, henceforth, residents of the metropolis will be directed to carry their wastes to those designated wastes collection centers calling on them to cooperate and support to carry out its mandates of ensuring cleanliness and the protection of the environment.

To effectively carry out the exercise, BASEPA will embark on rigorous sensitisation and awareness campaigns through Radio and Television Jingles and public Van enlightenment and will also engaged community leaders for grassroot mobilisation and supports.

The Agency will also engage the services of Uniform Voluntary organisations, who are for decades working as volunteers with the Agency to carry out the enforcement part of exercise to achieve the target objectives.

Other measures taken by the Agency to achieve on that regard is the construction model collection centers across the metropolis and also acquired a number of plots in different locations of the state capital for the purpose of construction more of dumping sites.

Addressing the Commandants of the Uniform organisations at the end of the meeting, the Director General said that  the ban will affect all the streets of the metropolis.

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