Abia State Government has attributed the low turn-out of the Monthly Sanitation exercise for the month of December to the avalanche of funerals across the State.
The Commissioner for Environment, Barr. Sam Nwogu, who stated this while addressing newsmen on Saturday through the Director, Environmental Control, Ministry of Environment, Chimele Aharanya, said notable among the funerals include that of the wife of the Premier of Eastern Region, Mrs Adamma Okpara, who will be laid to rest today.
He said despite the engagements, the monthly sanitation exercise witnessed some level of compliance in some areas.
Aharanya revealed that as a result of the low turn-out of people during the exercise, the ministry will consider organising a mop-up exercise by the second week of January to ensure that the State is kept clean.
While decrying the attitude of Abians to the monthly sanitation exercise, he appealed to Abians to cultivate the habit of cleaning their surroundings without waiting on Government to enforce the exercise, adding that cleanliness is next to Godliness.