The Ebonyi State government yesterday said that it has prosecuted and convicted over sixty landlords in the capital city for failure to provide toilet facilities in their houses.
The state’s commissioner for environment, Chief Ogodo Ali Nome, who disclosed this to newsmen in his office said that while some of the landlords paid fine, others who could not immediately pay the fine were remanded at the Abakaliki prison.
He blamed the spread of diseases in the environment on lack of toilet facilities and warned that anyone who erects any building in the state without the facility would be sanctioned according to the state’s environmental law.
Nome, who disclosed this in his office while speaking with newsmen, also announced that apart from prosecuting the landlords, the ministry also prosecuted a total of 138 persons for defecating in open places.
The commissioner regretted that despite all the warning by the state government for landlords to provide toilet to their tenants, the warning fell on deaf ears prompting the ministry to take such action against them.
Nome stated that the activities of such landlords were responsible for the outbreak ak of cholera, diarrhea and polluted environment within the capital city and warned that there won’t be any sacred cow in the quest to sanitize the state.
Nome also announced that the government has banned trading on all the tarred roads in the metropolis, adding that measures have been taken to prevent incessant fire outbreaks in the state.