Abuja - Sanitation enforcement agents arrested no fewer than 80 persons in
Umuahia for violating the sanitation rules in Abia on Saturday,
according to the state's director of pollution and environmental health.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that clean-up exercise which
usually takes place last Saturday of the month, was moved forward by
Ejere Kalu-Igwe, who spoke with NAN shortly after monitoring the
exercise at Isi-gate, Aba road and World Bank areas of the state
capital, expressed satisfaction with the compliance level.
Kalu-Igwe said that government brought the exercise forward to ensure free movement of people during the Christmas festivities.
"The decision to hold it on December 21, is in line with the biblical
injunction that people should prepare their ways ahead of the birth of
"It is only when your environment is clean that you can have the
ministers of the gospel preach the good news to you and that is our
thinking that Abia, as God’s own state, must be very clean ahead of the
Christmas and New Year festivities."
The director decried the practice of youths football during clean-up,
stressing that the government viewed such an act as a serious
"That the road is free because no vehicular movement is recorded
during clean-up does not mean that people should be playing football on
``Government has severally warned the public against this misconduct, yet the perpetrators refused to listen.
"December 2013 might be the end of the grace period for people who
play football during clean-up, because government must evolve a workable
measure to check this unwholesome act," he said.
Also speaking, Chief Okechukwu Aguwa, the permanent secretary of the ministry of environment, urged Abia people not to litter the environment
during the festive period, saying that making the place dirty could
result to air-borne disease, which might endanger
the lives of residents.