The Ebonyi Government has declared Saturday, July 1 as sanitation day throughout the state to mobilise residents of the state to clean the environment. This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Victor Chukwu, Commissioner for Environment and made available to journalists on Thursday in Abakaliki.
According to the statement, the exercise will last between the hours of 7 am and 10 am with restriction of both human and vehicular movement within the period throughout the state.
“Accordingly, all the residents of the state are required to keep their compounds, drainage system/gutters and surroundings clean. There will be no human or vehicular movements or sporting activities of any kind during the period of the exercise, except those on essential duties including health officials, and security personnel who must show valid means of identification.
“Residents of the state are further informed that defaulters will be arrested by security operatives and Ministry of Environment staff and prosecuted under the state Environmental laws,” the statement reads.
The Commissioner who expressed readiness and commitment to combating environmental degradation, appealed to the residents to assist the ministry to keep the entire state clean and greeny at all times for the benefit of everybody.
He further warned against unwholesome indiscriminate disposal of refuse especially at unauthorised refuse disposal sites and in drainages in the state.