The Oasis Reporters
July 3, 2023
By Asile Abel, Jos
Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has formally declared every last Saturday of the month as Environmental Sanitation Exercise Day urging citizens, particularly motorists traveling with their passengers to properly dispose of dirt generated in the course of traveling to help keep Plateau clean.
He made the declaration on Saturday while flagging off the monthly environmental sanitation exercise at the Federal Secretariat in Jos, the State capital following his recent declaration of a State of Emergency on the Environmental sanitation a day after his inauguration as Governor on May 30, 2023.
The Governor said, “indeed, today is a day we are taking up a definite step to re-enforce what we have already begun to do since the 30th of May when I declared a state of emergency on the environmental sanitation on the Plateau.
“The issue of cleaning the environment is beyond the taskforce, it is something that must become a way of life for us. We are not a dirty people, we are people that love cleanliness and therefore we must pick up the courage to begin again to ensure that our houses, neighborhoods and the entire capital city can be kept clean.
“Therefore, from this day onwards, we want to declare that every last Saturday of the month will be observed as sanitation day on the Plateau. We want to urge our people to ensure that this is not left alone to government but ensure that every neighborhood must organise itself because we are going to ensure enforcement”, he warned.
While commending members of the Taskforce for the wonderful work of keeping the city of Jos clean since their inauguration, Mutfwang warned that in a week or two, a Mobile Sanitation Court would begin to move around to sanction people who do not share in the vision of keeping the environment clean.
He, however promised to ensure that all local government areas in the state were mandated to be part of the strive towards launching this environmental sanitation exercise saying, “we want to ensure that, this new orientation of keeping the environment clean becomes a way of life and a culture on the Plateau.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Plateau State Ministry of Environment, Engr. Albert Chaimang who doubles as Chairman, Special Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation thanked the Governor for confidence reposed in them to take this task and that the day was a fulfillment of the mandate given to them as a Committee.
The Governor thereafter undertook inspection tour starting from NTA Park, Old airport Junction, Zarmaganda road through Express Way to Bukuru Market and back to Rayfield all in Jos, the Plateau State capital respectively.