Kano State government has distributed safety tools and working equipment to Street Sweepers that are working across the major streets of the state to enhance sanitation and protect themselves while on their assigned duties.
The working equipment and tools which include standing brooms, will barrows, shovels, sideboards, safety jackets, parkers, among others are distributed to enhance their safety and also ease their works towards making Kano clean.
Speaking while distributing the tools, the state commissioner of environment, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso said the state government is committed to making the environment safer and healthier for the well-being of its residents, hence the need to improve the welfare of the staff to do more.
He said the equipment and tools were purchased at about N6 million and they will ensure that they are maintained and used appropriately to keep the state clean.
Dr Getso added that every day the state government is removing 60 to 80 truck of waste from the various dumping sites in the state, which costs them to finish 1000 liters of diesel every day apart from fuel and engine oil and servicing the vehicles.
“These people are working tirelessly day and night to keep our environment clean. That is why we decided to support them with safety materials that will protect them and also equipment that they will use in doing their work.
“The state government is spending over N820 thousands every day to buy 1000 liters of diesel for waste removal across the state. All these is done to ensure a safer environment for the people in the state,” he said.
According to him, the rapid response and commitment to waste removal in the state has contributed to the success recorded in controlling flood in Kano, which is not as worse as in other states affected.
“This year, the flood is not the usual one because many states were affected as predicted by relevant authorities. But in Kano, our drainage clearance exercise and constant removal of waste has contributed to the success we recorded. We were able to control flooding in such that it didn’t escalate unlike in other states,” he said.
He called on the residents in the state to avoid indiscriminate dumping of waste and complement the effort of the state government in safeguarding the environment.
He urged the street sweepers to ensure that they use the tools judiciously and continue working for the environment to be clean, adding that their salaries will keep coming every month non-stop.
Speaking on behalf of the street sweepers, Saihanu Abdullahi, appreciated the state government for the gesture, adding that with the new equipment and tools, their work will become easier.