Environmental sanitation law offenders arraigned
By Chiamaka Edokwe :
Awka, June 29, 2020(MOI) No fewer than 25 sanitation law offenders arrested during the June Environmental Sanitation are to be tried at a Mobile Magistrate’s Court.
Mr Obi Nwankwo, Anambra State Commissioner for Environment announced this while stressing that the essence of the clean up exercise was for the good of Ndi Anambra.
``The ministry wants to duly enforce the sanitation for the benefit of all Ndi Anambra and not for the Ministry of Environment.
``Anybody seen doing things other than clean up will be arrested and put through trial,” Mr Nwankwo said.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Emmanuel Okafor, noted that Gov. Willie Obiano had directed that every part of the state be cleaned.
He maintained that the ministry had been making efforts to ensure that everybody joined in the environmental sanitation exercise, especially at this period of COVID-19 pandemic. ``Cleanliness is the watch word now in this pandemic era’’.
Director, Environmental Health/Pollution Control Department, Mrs Edith Ike hailed the commissioner for compelling people to comply with the sanitation laws in the state.
She acknowledged that the government had done well by providing necessary equipment such as van (Black Maria) for movement of offenders from point of arrest to remand facilities.
She, then, urged Ndi Anambra to do the needful within the three hours devoted for sanitation, by ensuring that they stay at home to clean their immediate environment.
Mrs Nonyelum Anyaegbunam, a Magistrate in Anambra State Judiciary, Awka expressed satisfaction at the government's effort to set up the Mobile Courts.
Of the 25 that apprehended one was exonerated on grounds of being on essential duty, while two others were husbands rushing their pregnant wives to hospital on emergency.
Magistrate Anyaegbunam noted that most defaulters claim they didn't know such laws existed, stressing that those, who deliberately left their homes, will be tried under the law.
She urged the Ministry to keep creating awareness for people to know that sanitation laws exist, as ignorance of the law was not an excuse. (MOI)