By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna
Reintroduction of monthly environmental sanitation may likely be considered as a measure to keep the environment of Kaduna state clean and hygienic, as disclosed by an official of the state.
This is also to tackle the menace of environmental pollution and flood in the state.
This was disclosed by the Administrator of the Kaduna Capital Territory Authority (KCTA), Hafiz Bayero during a news conference in Kaduna to mark the World Earth Day being celebrated today (Friday).
While speaking, Bayero also explained that the state is planning to introduce electric tricycles as well as ban plastic containers, just as he said that effort is being made to dredge the river Kaduna and it’s tributaries to stem flood and ease flow of water as the rainy season approaches.
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“Friday is World Earth Day with the theme; Investing in our Planet. Sustainability is a key aspect of city management and resilience. We have decided to come up with an initiative to clean up the city. We are looking into bringing back the monthly environmental sanitation without hindering movement maybe between 6am and 8:30am.
“We feel this is necessary because in our communities we have stopped living like our brother’s keeper, we need to foster community relations and neighbourliness. Its absence has caused a build-up of unhygienic conditions. We are looking at legislation to ban plastic in our cities and use more sustainable products. We are looking at creating pedestrian-friendly walkways.
“We are looking at bringing in electric Keke Napep produced here in Nigeria to replace the fuel type. These electric types don’t use fuel, they are covered with doors to guard against sun and harsh environment. They are of grades, we are going to engage vigorously with the tricycling union to find a balance with the users. We are looking at the producers to see how they can produce pocket friendly.
“A mass transit plan has been developed, we are waiting for the partners to conclude their plan. It would work on schedules with proper bus stops.
‘ We have dedicated routes for them which only the buses can run, no other commercial bus can run the routes. We want to train the yellow and green commercial buses drivers on how to drive the city buses to minimise job loss. We are looking at introducing a cycling lane to encourage cycling as is done everywhere in the world.”
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