BENIN CITY – The last monthly environmental sanitation exercise in Edo State for the year 2014 took place at the weekend in Benin and other parts of the state.
Speaking with newsmen on the success of the exercise, the General Manager of Edo State Waste Management Board, Gillian Ochugbe said despite the huge refuse generated at this period of the year due to festivities, her men were equal to the task of ensuring a cleaner environment.
She said it is very important for citizens of the state to keep their environment clean especially as the year is gradually coming to an end, adding that “they should end in good note by ensuring their environment is clean”.
“At this time of the year there is a lot of shopping and generation of refuse, but I want to assure the Edo people that our men are on ground to evacuate their refuse.
“All we beg of them is to ensure they put their refuse at the point where our men will see it and evacuate it”.  People should equally make use of the waste bin provided on the walk ways in the heart of the city”.
Speaking further she said that despite the no restriction on human and vehicular movement, that caused traffic built ups in some areas in Benin City, the exercise was successful in areas visited.
“Today’s exercise is a huge success; as at 10a.m. most of the streets around the Kings Square are clean; it shows our men have evacuated the refuse generated at that axis”.
A resident at 2nd Cementary Road, Mrs. Joy Osagie said the exercise is good and it went well.
She said that despite the no restriction of movement, she cleaned her house before leaving for other business of the day.
She commended the Waste Managers for ensuring a cleaner environment and commended citizen of the state for their co-operation.