He said the directive became necessary as some tenants were defecating and throwing the waste into the drains because they had no access to toilets.
Tenants throw waste in drains due to lack of toilets
He said he expected the people to comply with the government’s guidelines on how to keep the environment neat.
The commissioner disclosed this during an interview in Aba on Monday.
Speaking on houses which were built on drains, he said his ministry had spent two months observing the quality of houses in the towns in Abia.
The Abia Commissioner for Environment, Chinwe Nwanganga, has directed landlords in Aba to build toilets for their tenants to make the environment clean.
Mr. Nwanganga, who visited the area to check the level of residents’ compliance with the directive to keep their environment clean, decried the degree of lawlessness and dirtiness at the market.
The commissioner also warned traders at the Asa Nnentu market in Aba to keep their environment tidy all the time or face sanctions.
“It is because people are refusing to carry out their responsibilities. The governor will not dig toilets for people,” he said, adding that he belived that with some prodding and persuasion, people would learn to keep their environment clean.
Mr. Nwanganga said his ministry had started work to curb such dirty and shameful behaviour on School Road and Clifford Road in Aba.
While expressing disappointment with the market management, the commissioner expressed the hope that with time things would improve.
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