The Jigawa State Environmental Protection Agency (JISEPA) says it collected and disposed 454,450 tonnes of waste across the 26 local government areas of the state in 2018.

The Acting Managing Director of the agency, Alhaji Umar Amadu, gave the information during an interview with the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) in Dutse on Thursday.

The agency successfully collected and disposed 26,420 tonnes and 17,440 tonnes of waste across the state in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

“The disposal exercise is part of measures put in place by the state government to promote effective waste management and sanitation in urban and rural communities.

“It is aimed at improving public health and hygiene in the state; the exercise involved collection of refuse from streets and markets as well as clearance of drainage channels and cutting of grasses,’’ he said.

The acting managing director said that the agency would continue to sensitise the public on the need to imbibe good sanitary habits and to always keep their surroundings clean.

Amadu urged the people to cooperate with the agency in its efforts to keep the state clean by desisting from indiscriminate dumping of waste in residential areas and waterways.

He commended the state government for its support to agency.

“We really thank the state government for providing us with all the needed equipment, manpower and logistics for the smooth conduct of the exercise.

“The agency assures the residents that it will continue to do its best to ensure that they live in a good and healthy environment,” he added.

(NAN)

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