ABOUT 116 people were on Saturday convicted for various sanitation offenses by Mobile Courts, during the October month- end sanitation in Ilorin the Kwara State capital.
Royal news gathered that the convicts were arrested and prosecuted for driving and loitering about among other offenses, during the monthly sanitation contrary to the Sanitation Laws of the state at the different locations in the metropolis.
Although, there was significant improvement in compliance as against the last exercise.
This, according to law enforcement agencies might be reason for the reduction in number of convicted offenders from 150 in September to 116 in October.
Speaking with reporters shortly after the exercise, the State Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Otunba Taiwo Joseph, commended the people for their compliance.
According to him, “The victims were convicted and sentenced to pay fines by Mobile Courts situated at strategic locations in Ilorin. The present administration is totally committed to environmental cleanliness of the state.”
The commissioner however explained that with a clean & conducive environment, visitation to clinics and hospitals by citizens would be reduced drastically.
Joseph also said that the conviction and sentence of offenders would serve as deterrence to other would be defaulters in future.
“We must keep our environment clean. It is a law and we must abide by it. There is no excuse for non-compliance with the sanitation law,” he added.
He therefore commended the active participation of the youth in the exercise by cleaning their environment and also serving as sanitation enforcers through voluntary organizations like Man O’ War, Red Cross, Sheriff Guards among others.