Kano engages 4,902 people as sanitary inspectors ― official

Kano State Government said it had so far employed no fewer than 4,902 people as Sanitary Inspectors as part of efforts to address various environmental sanitation challenges in the state.

Alhaji Jafaru Ahmed-Gwarzo, the Senior Special Assistant, Sanitation Vanguards to the governor, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kano.

According to him, out that number, 3,331 are sanitary inspectors working in 44 local government areas of the state, while the remaining 1,571 are working with the ministries of health and environment.

“All the Sanitary Inspectors popularly known as Sanitation Vanguards were engaged by the state government under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje to tackle environmental challenges,“ he said.

He said that the sanitation vanguards were engaged primarily to carry out a house-to-house sanitary inspection to ensure that houses or compounds were made clean and sanitation maintained.

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According to him, sanitation vanguards working with the state Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB) are expected to control indiscriminate dumping of wastes in the state capital and other major towns.

He said that sanitation vanguards would also ensure that foods, drinks and other consumables were produced, made safe for consumption and sold in clean places.

“The sanitation vanguards were also engaged to make sure streets/roads are kept tidy and to control the unnecessary and illegal placement of goods, kiosks and temporary structures.

“They were also employed to control the operations of offensive businesses within residential compounds such as rearing of animals/birds, metal works, mechanics, small/large industries,“ he said.

According to him, all identified offences are served with abatement notices, and if such notices are not complied with, they are usually referred to courts for necessary action.

He said that the state has 15 mobile courts to prosecute violators of environmental sanitation laws.

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