The Nasarawa State Government has commended the Federal Government for siting a waste recycling plant at Angwan Rere community in Lafia, the state capital.
Mr Musa Ibrahim, Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, gave the commendation on Saturday in Lafia, while addressing newsmen after the monthly sanitation exercise.
He said that the state government had already handed over the site of the waste recycling plant to the Federal Government and expressed optimism that very soon, work would commence there.
“As soon as the waste recycling plant is ready for operation, waste from the streets would be mopped up to the site for recycling into other products,” he said.
Besides, Ibrahim said that the state government was committed to ending open defecation in the state, in line with Federal Government’s policy.
He said that the government had started sensitising the people to the need for them to have toilets in their homes.
The commissioner said that the state government was also building public toilets as a way of putting an end to open defecation.
Ibrahim noted that the monthly sanitation exercise had facilitated efforts to curtail the spread of diseases such as malaria and COVID-19, among others, in the state.
He lauded the people for their high level of compliance with the monthly environmental exercise.
Meanwhile, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, Chief Prosecutor, who is also a Chief Environment Officer, told newsmen that 32 persons were arrested for transacting their private businesses while the sanitation exercise was ongoing.
He said that the arrested people contravened the provisions of Section 9(2) of the State Environmental Sanitation Laws and vowed to prosecute them to serve as deterrent to others.