The Kano state ministry of environment says it has successfully evacuated over sixteen thousand trucks of refuse from major waste collection centers as well as desilting more than seventy seven thousand linear meters of major and minor drainages within Kano metropolis in 2022.
The state commissioner for environment Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso disclosed this while briefing journalist on the success recorded in the year under review (2022) held in Kano on Saturday.
The commissioner said the waste evacuation was conducted on three saperate excercise namely “Keep Kano Clean Excercise (KKCE)” one and two as well as “Keep Kano Clean Initiatives (KKCI)”.
Dr Getso in a six pages text of achievements recorded in 2022 reads in parts “Implementation of a special program tagged “Keep Kano Clean Exercise (KKCE)” which was launched on 15th April, 2022 and concluded on Saturday 7th May, 2022. It was a program that was meant to clear waste especially from major collection centers within the state. During the 3-weeks long exercise, a total of 1,461 trips were evacuated from the city and disposed of safely”.
“Having seen the success and positive impact of the exercise, the 2nd phase of Keep Kano Clean Exercise (KKCE II) was conducted from Friday 24th June – Thursday 13 July, 2022. During the 20 days exercise, a total of 1,946 trips were evacuated from the city and disposed of”, he said.
According to him”in order to prevent and control flooding in the state, Drainage Clearance Exercise, 2022 was carried out from Friday 29th April, 2022 to Wednesday 8th June, 2022 (39 days) during which more than 70,000 linear meters of major and minor drainages within the city were desilted”.
“In order to sustain provision of efficient Waste Management Services in the state, another program “Keep Kano Clean Initiative (KKCI)” was developed which commenced on 25th May, 2022 and has been going on since then. From May 2022 to date, a total of 16,191 trips of refuse were evacuated, an average of 77 trips of refuse evacuated from Kano City daily” he said.
The commissioner also said the ministry has conducted fumigation and disinfection with a view to tackle vectors and pest which transmit diseases from one person to another were by becoming dangerous to human health and economy by extension.
He said the ministry have fully engaged it sanitation vanguards in an activities such as inspection of small scale Industries, markets, Corner shops, Street trading among others so as to improve Human health and tackle the spread of communicable diseases.
“Vectors and pests transmit several diseases of public health importance including Malaria fever, Cholera, Lassa fever, Onchocerciasis, Schistosomiasis, Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm) which continue to exert heavy morbidity and mortality burden especially in our rural communities. There is therefore the need to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for the prevention and control of pests and vectors in the State”, he said.
“In order to achieve this, the ministry has been undertaking routine pests and vector control activities across the 44 LGA’s of the state.
“Some of these activities include: (i) Procurement of chemicals and equipment purchased worth over N150 million
for the conduct of Vectors and pests control activities in the state; (ii) Mosquito & Pest Control Operations across the 5 Emirates in the State; (iii) Mosquito & Pest Control Operations across all the 87 Wards of the 8 metropolitan LGAs of the State”.
“A Total of 335 communities/premises/Institutions were covered from January 2022 to Date”.
“House-to-House Sanitary Inspection: Sanitary Inspection of Premises within the eight (8) Metropolitan Local Government Areas total number of 945 premises were inspected on house-to-house premises inspection”;
“Active engagement of Sanitation Vanguards in activities like inspection of Small Scale industries, Markets, Corner Shops, Street trading, Restaurants and Schools, enforcement of environmental regulations and laws, oversight of waste collection centres among others “.
According to Dr. Kabiru Getso other success recorded in the year under review are the signing of WECCMA Bill into law by the state Governor and the setting up of Watershed, Erosion and Climate Change Management Agency (WECCMA) by Kano State Government which is funded with a view to effectively address major Erosion and the Climate Change issues in the state.
Dr Getso also said in 2022 the Kano state government has enacted the Kano State Environmental Pollution Control Law 2022 which was signed on Tuesday 22nd November, 2022 at the State Executive Council meeting by His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR to enforce compliance to environmental laws and regulations in the State.
At the conference, the commissioner’s statement reads “Kano State is also presently actively participating in the World Bank supported Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL). The State Government has provided the sum of ₦500million counterpart funds as well as office complex for the State Project Management Unit (SPMU). The project’s areas of intervention include Erosion control, watershed management, Climate change issues, capacity building, livelihood enhancement, among others;
“In order to combat climate change, within this year, KNSG has produced about 1,000,000 seedlings under Kano-NEWMAP project which were used for this year’s Tree Planting Campaigns;
“In Collaboration with Ecological Project Office under the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, an Integrated Industrial Waste Management Facility is being established at Challawa, Sharada and Bompai industrial estates;
“The construction of water conservation structures and the provision of minor irrigation facilities at Yansabo community in Tofa LGA has been completed 100% this year;
“Air quality monitoring exercise is being carried out regularly by Pollution Control Department of the ministry. This is meant to address the problem of Air pollution within the state;
“The ministry conducts regular monitoring of major markets, motor parks, primary and secondary schools, health facilities and other premises across the state with a view to address the challenge of open defaecation and its attendant consequences;
“Regular conduct of Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise for the past 12 months in order to sanitize our environment and make it healthy and conducive for living;
“We have been conducting training and re-training of our Environmental Health Officers at State and Local Government levels to keep them abreast of recent developments;
“KNSG has been providing funds regularly for the purchase of sanitation equipment and facilities and for the conduct other Environmental programs: recently we purchased Sanitation Equipment worth millions of naira comprising of brooms, metal packers, shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes, hoes, diggers, road signages, etc which were distributed to street sweepers in the state;
“Promotion of use of clean energy to mitigate air pollution through distribution of natural gas cooking facilities and clean cook stoves free-of-charge to women;
“Procurement of 6 Tricycles and waste management equipment including wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, rain boots, nose masks, etc and distribution of same to six (6) Community Interest Groups (CIG’s) to support waste management at community level which took place at NEWMAP Office Complex on Tuesday 15th March, 2022;
“Conduct of Review meeting on the draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report for proposed project (Industry) in Kano State organized by Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Kano State Government;
“Scoping workshop for the proposed Environmental Project in Kano State organized by Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Kano State Ministry of Environment;
“Conduct of training for private sector waste operators in collaboration with EU/NCCR Project on Tuesday 20th November, 2022;
“Hosting of World Bank Mission for all the 19 Northern ACReSAL Participating States and FCT by the Ministry;
“Stakeholders meeting on Flood Control organized by the Ministry in collaboration with Federal Government of Nigeria;
“Provision of opportunity SIWES for Kano, Katsina and Jigawa State Tertiary Institutions;
“Conduct of regular premises inspection for environmental monitoring: No. of Regulatory and Non-Regulatory Premises Inspected: 516, No. of Abatement notice served: 381, No. of Revisited Premises: 381, No. of environmental health cases taken to court for legal action: 87;
“Two (2) additional environmental zones (Zone VI: Zaria road and Zone VII: Dawanau – Gwarzo road) established in order to improve monitoring and supervision within these areas;
“Regulation of construction of private public conveniences to ensure they conform to environmental standards;
“Sanitary inspection & monitoring of private & public conveniences in order to ensure that they are kept clean and tidy;
He then commended Kano state government led by the executive Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, development partners, journalist, traditional institutions among others for their untireless efforts in supporting the ministry to excercise it’s mandate.