Plateau Environmental Agency cautions parents to stop children from riding vehicles on streets during sanitation exercise

By Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Parents have been cautioned to desist from allowing their children, especially the underage, from riding vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles during the general monthly sanitation in Plateau State.

General Manager Plateau State Environmental Sanitation Agency (PEPSA), Sir Christopher Lonas Bitai, disclosed this over the weekend, while speaking to newsmen shortly after the exercise in his office in Jos.

He said during the exercise, “it would not be business as usual, because some children were arrested during the exercise, while riding recklessly, and this would not stop us or the Agency to arrest anybody or children that refuse to abide by the law exposed during the sanitation period.”

He warned some banks, who operate their Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) during the monthly sanitation, to stop or be sanctioned. Prominent among the list were First Bank, Zenith and First banks at the Terminus round-about.

He however, assured that more enlightenment campaign would be carried out to sensitize the people.

The GM assured that, the Agency will talk to those banks, especially Sterling Bank, which has been in partnership with the Agency.

He was accompanied by Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Abdullahi Abbas, who expressed satisfaction that the exercise was 70 to 80 percent compliance.

Our correspondent reports that, some defaulters were being arrested and will be tried by the Mobile Courts stationed in some strategic areas in Jos and Bukuru Metropolises, while some of the defaulters claimed ignorance of the exercise.

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