By Rabiu Sanusi
As part of his campaign promises on environmental sanitation, beautification and public health promotion, Kano State Governor, Alh Abba Kabir Yusuf has today, flagged-off the keep Kano clean initiative tagged “Operation Nazafah” at Kofar Kwaru, Emir’s palace, Kano.
The Governor said under this initiative, the state government has purchased ten additional trucks for refuse evacuation and hired 4,500 street sweepers who are engaged on casual contract under the Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB) to maintain the cleaness of all major streets within the metropolis.
“Apart from the 10 additional trucks, we also procured two additional payloaders and repaired many other heavy duty machines/vehicles for the purposes of effective service delivery in refuse management”.
According to the Governor, 3, 000 out of the 4, 500 street cleaners were members of the famous community security volunteers also known as “Askarawan Kwankwasiyya” led by Alhaji Saminu Balago Yakasai while the remaining 1, 500 were the ones engaged by previous administration of Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who were subjected to a screening excise at the inception of the present administration.
Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf further enjoined the beneficiaries of the initiative render selfless service and dedicate themselves to thier assignment to achieve the desired goal of having a city conducive and safe for habitation by all.
The Governor maintained that the State Government will soon sign a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) for the procession of refuse into fertilizer, a move that will create additional job opportunities, revenue for the government and healthy environment for the city’s habitants.
Earlier, the Managing Director, Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB), Alh Amadu Haruna Zago assured the Governor that his agency will be conducting strict monitoring of the street sweepers’ operation periodically for effective service delivery of the initiative as envisaged by the current administration.