About 80 persons have been apprehended during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise held last Saturday in Ondo State for violating the law of sanitation placed in the state.
The violators where taken at different sides of Akure, the state capital after going against the restriction order on human and vehicular movement during the monthly activity.
They were consequently charged to the state magistrate court, in Akure over their crime.
In his judgement, Mr Taiwo Lebi, the Chief magistrate found the arrested individuals guilty and committed some of them to community service for a week while some were fined.
While talking after the sanitation activity, the General Manager of the Ondo State Waste Management Authority, Mrs Ayo Adeyemo confirmed the number of the suspects and the sanctions by the court.
Adeyemo said the state government would do anything in its quest to regain its pride of place as one of the cleanest states in Nigeria.
She said that “here is a need to observe the monthly exercise so as to keep both the home and surroundings clean.
“Over 80 people were arrested and they were made to face the sanctions according to the law of the state.
“The state government is not taking the cleaninness and the health of the people with levity.”
Adeyemo expressed government’s zero tolerance to littering streets and roads with sachet, nylons, beverage cans, snacks wrappers among others.
“It is now compulsory for all commercial drivers and vehicles owners to have waste bins in their vehicles so as to curb littering of streets and highways,” Adeyemo stressed.
The chairman however expressed satisfaction with the level of cleanliness of the state capital and its environs.
Adeyemo encouraged the people of the state to make cleanliness their lifestyle.