Ebonyi Ministry of Environment Seals 10 Premises (See Why) 



A team from the Ebonyi State Ministry of Environment led by the Commissioner, Dr Richard Nnabu has sealed about ten (10) premises in the state capital NationsTrends reports.

The affected premises, Nationstrends gathered where sealed owing to poor environmental standard.

The ten (10) premises include; No. 29 Udensi street, No. 9b Nna street, No. 15A Uga street, No. 14 Nsugbe street, No. 8 Ibibio street, No. 12 Nwodo street, No. 33 Egugwu Agbaja street, No. 2 Ogbonike street and No. 1 Iwollo street.

A statement signed by Eucharia Obasi, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry disclosed that the premises were sealed by Ebonyi State government owing to owner’s inability to comply with the provisions of Environmental laws of the state.

Also, speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki, the capital city, the commissioner for Environment, Grant and Donor Agencies, Dr. Richard Nnabu said the sealing of the 10 premises in the state capital was to maintain best sanitary condition of the state for human habitation.

Nnabu noted that the exercise was to execute court order granted by the Environmental sanitation court for the ministry to seal the affected premises sequel to their refusal to abate nuisances committed by them as well as sanction them for their refusal to appear before the court after several notices.

He expressed displeasure over the poor situation of the premises, which he said could pose danger for both the occupants and the entire state, adding that a lot of diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, among others could emanate as a result of the poor environmental sanitation noticed in the affected premises.

He however, appealed to inhabitants of the state especially those living within the Abakaliki metropolis to join hands with the state government to sanitize the environment.

The Senior Environmental Officer and Unit Head of the Environmental Health Department, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Sunday Nwonu affirmed that the Environmental Health Officers of the ministry had previously visited the premises and detected nuisance and served defaulters abatement notices, to draw their attention to the nuisances in other for them to abate the nuisance, to no avail, leading to they been served court summons.

Mr. Nwonu, disclosed that the Environmental court had tried them and found them guilty and consequently issued a follow-up order for them to vacate the premises, to avoid contacting diseases and also to enable the owners and occupiers of the compound to effect needed repair works on the premises, all to no fruition.

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