The Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency [BASEPA] has disclosed that there were 84 recognized refuse dump sites in the state capital where waste were being evacuated periodically by the agency.
Permanent Secretary of the agency Ahmed Shehu Lame who made this disclosure yesterday when he received a coalition of youths activists in the state under the aegis of the ‘Activista Bauchi’ who paid him an advocacy visit urged residents to be disposing refuse only at the places recognized by BASEPA ‘so that they would be evacuated whenever the need arises’.
The Permanent Secretary who re-iterated the commitment of the environmental protection agency to keeping the state clean and hygienic warned that any one found dumping refuse indiscriminately in the metropolis which pose the threats of epidemic diseases and other nuisance would not be condoned.
He said the agency ‘does not only evacuate waste but also has sanitary inspectors who go round the town in search of environmental offenders for arraignment at its mobile court with a view to deterring others’.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of Activista Bauchi Mr Tosin Suberu represented by Yakubu Ali explained that the visit was aimed at soliciting collaboration with the agency in the areas of hygiene and sanitation.
He expressed the group’s intention to liaise with the agency to evacuate the heaps of refuse dumped at the Bauchi old graveyard and the other one at gwallameji village which posed nuisance to the students of the federal polytechnic Bauchi who reside in the area.
He therefore appealed to BASEPA to provide trucks, shovels, spades, rakes and other tools to enable them volunteer to clear the wastes disposed at the two places by the end of this month.
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