The Chairman of Kuje Traders Association, Mr Musa Umar has urged shop owners in the area to dispose waste properly and maintain regular sanitation in the market to prevent outbreak of infectious diseases.
Umar made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kuje.
NAN recalls that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had on January 30 inaugurated FCT sanitation in the area to keep it clean to prevent outbreak of infectious diseases.
The chairman also assured that the association would carry out sensitisation programmes for traders and the community on the need for proper waste disposal and the dangers inherent in a dirty environment.
“The growing heaps of waste and refuse in some communities in Kuje are due to improper waste disposal and negligence by some residents in the area.
“In spite of the efforts by the Area Council in evacuating waste and cleaning the market, some traders have failed to comply with sanitation rules and regulations.
“The associationI will carry out sensitisation of shop owners and traders on proper waste disposal and the dangers of living in a dirty environment.
“The Council is also trying its best in terms of creating awareness on proper waste disposal but some traders have refused to do the right thing,” he said.
The chairman emphasised that sanitation should be a regular exercise to be observed daily in every home in Kuje market by all shop owners to ensure general cleanliness of the market as well as for healthy living
“I advise shop owners and residents to stop dumping refuse in gutters and join hands with the FCT Administration in its efforts to prevent flooding in the Area Councils.
“Every weekend will be a routine activity by all shop owners to keep their corridors clean and I will ensure that it is obeyed.
“In the morning, no trader will open his shop until they have swept, moped and clean the front of their shops,’’ he said.
He also warned against open defecation and frowned at some landlords in the area for not building toilets in their houses, adding that good approach to sanitation was a panacea to preventing health hazard in every society.
Source: ( PM News )