The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has announced a ban on the use of polythene and plastic bags and introduction of paper bags in the state.
Ishaku announced this at the launch of the state’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policy on Monday.
The governor said that the new measure was introduced to promote a cleaner environment, adding that his administration would soon forward an executive bill to the state House of Assembly to legalise it.
Also, Ishaku declared a state of emergency on the water, sanitation and hygiene sector and lauded the development partners, USAID and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA), for their intervention in boosting water supply in the state.
While harping on the importance of regular water supply to the populace, the governor charged the state’s water supply agency to ensure constant maintenance of water pipes for better service delivery.
He said that his administration adopted the WASH project for the benefit of the good people of Taraba State.
“Because of the passion my administration had on water supply, we have embarked on a N7 billion Jalingo Primary Water project to complement the African Development Bank (AfDB) water project in Jalingo to cater for the growing population of the city.
“We are also making efforts to improve water supply across the state and our efforts are yielding results,” Ishaku said.