The General Manager of Gombe State Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Mohammed Ahmed, has cautioned residents of the state against open defecation around public facilities.
Ahmed told the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Monday that open defecation had been prohibited in the state.
He stated that some of the roundabouts in the Gombe metropolis were recently cleaned, having been used as a location for open defecation.
According to Ahmed, the practice of open defecation is bad given the damage it causes to the environment as well as the health of residents.
He said that the state government was working to ensure a cleaner and safer Gombe for everyone, adding that some persons still treated the environment as trash.
“We are calling on residents to be more supportive by complementing the government’s effort at improving on the environment,’’ Ahmed said.
He stated that the administration of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya was committed to the improvement of the environment because of its connection to the health of the people.
“The Governor is very passionate about the environment. He is an environment-friendly leader.
“He has done well by initiating a four million trees planting campaign, installation of solar street lights, amongst other erosion response moves.
“I am aware that the state government has plans to construct public toilets across the state,’’ Ahmed said.
He said that his agency would continue to engage and sensitise the people against open defecation, adding that a surveillance team had been mandated to ensure compliance in that regard.
NAN reports that some roundabouts in the Gombe metropolis have become favourite spots for some residents to answer the call of nature.
NAN also reports that the Gombe State Government had in December 2020, banned open defecation while pledging to construct toilets in public places to discourage the menace.