General Manager, Plateau State Environmental Protection & Sanitation Agency, PEPSA, Christopher Batai, has cautioned residents within Jos-Bukuru metropolis, to desist from the dumping waste in drainages and from building along water ways as these acts pose no little health threat.
Aside from endangering their lives, PEPSA said dumping on drainages and building on water ways could lead to flooding, which could have terrible effect on them and their environment when it rains.
“Human activities such as the building of houses along water ways, building of houses very close to river banks, dumping of waste in drainages, the erection of houses with no drainages or very poor drainages are major factors that would lead to flooding on the Plateau.
“Asides the flood threats caused by the dumping of waste in drainages, it also pose a health threat as it serves as a breeding ground for rodents such as rats that causes Lass fever, and vectors such as mosquitoes and house flies that causes malaria and cholera and it leads to the contamination of ground water,” he explained.
He also said that the law banned the planting of maize and tall crops within residential area.
Batai, said the tall crops planted within residential areas served as breeding ground for mosquitoes and rodents like rats.
“With the commencement of rains, we have discovered that people have started clearing the little spaces in their compounds to start planting.
“PEPSA is advising the public to desist from planting tall crops within their compounds and in residential areas as the law prohibiting the act is still in full force and the Agency wouldn’t rent on its ores to prosecute defaulters,” he cautioned.
He advised the public to ensure that they maintain good sanitary conditions in their immediate environment.