Two motions have been adopted by the Imo State House of Assembly, One urging ministries, departments and agencies to improve the sanitation of the state and the other banning the sale of locally brewed gin, popularly known as “ogogoro” or “kai-kai”.
Honourable Chukwuemeka Lloyd of the All Progressives Congress, representing Owerri-North, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 while presenting the motion on sanitation, emphasized on the necessity for the offices charged with environment sanitation and food hygiene to step up to their activities to stop the spread of diseases.
In the motion, public health officers were urged to inspect market places, abattoirs and the means of conveying animals slaughtered in the market to their retail outlets.
Also, the motion recommended the use of tarpaulins to cover sanitation trucks in a bid to prevent littering the roads with garbage.
Furthermore, Honourable Innocent Egwim of the APC, representing Ideato-North, presented the motion, stating that the consumption of locally brewed gin posed a danger to the lives of its consumers.
He prayed the house to compel the state health ministry, to trace the producers for possible prosecution while the brewing, sale, distribution and consumption of the product without legal approval be banned.
The motion also beckoned on the Imo Orientation Agency to educate the residents on the dangers of the product.
The house unanimously adopted the two motions, while the Speaker of the Assembly, Iheanacho Ihim of the APC, representing Okigwe, ruled in favour of them.