The Kano State Government has announced plans to conduct mass desilt and drain clearance to control flooding and protect the environment.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Getso, said this while inspecting the monthly sanitation exercise on Saturday in Kano.
Getso said the government was collaborating with the development and community-based organisations to carry out the exercise in Kano metropolis and other major towns across the state.
He said the exercise was designed to desilt drains and clear waste to facilitate easy flow of water and control perennial flooding in the state.
The commissioner said the state government in partnership with MAMA Initiative, an NGO, cleared waste and desilt drains at Tarauni and Rimi markets in the Kano metropolis.
According to him, the desilt exercise will be conducted in all the 44 local government areas of the state before the commencement of the rainy season.
Getso revealed that two filling stations and a perishable market in Fagge and Dala LGAs were sealed for violation of the monthly environmental exercise.
The commissioner, who expressed concern over non-participation in the exercise by some residents of the state, said that the trend posed a serious threat to the environment and public health.
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