Kano State Environmental Planning and Protection Agency

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The Kano State Environmental Planning and Protection Agency (KASEPPA) is a government agency in Kano State, Nigeria that is responsible for issues concerning the environment in the state. Functions include planning urban centers, control of development in urban centers, provision of amenities, conveniences and infrastructures and other functions necessary for healthy and orderly urban growth.[1]

KASEPPA is responsible for ensuring that public land is not illegally allocated to individuals, and destroys illegally constructed buildings. The agency has called on traditional rulers in the state for assistance in achieving this goal.[2] The agency has required GSM mobile phone operators to relocate Base transceiver stations that were commissioned without permission.[3] KASSEPA is also responsible for supervising road and drainage rehabilitation and construction.[4]

In a controversial decision, in July 2001 KASEPPA demolished twenty church buildings in Kano city on the basis that they failed to comply with environmental laws.[5]

The agency supports entrepreneurs who wish to construct and operate public toilets. KASEPPA allocates the site on which the toilets are to be built, provides building plans and supervises construction. The agency also provides and reinforces hygiene guidelines.[6] The agency has fixed standards for building designs and site selection.[7] The objective is to safeguard ground water from pollution and ensure a healthy environment.[8] The agency assists in ensuring that urban waste from these toilets and other sources is put to good use by farmers, particularly in the vicinity of Kano city.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MINISTRY OF LAND AND PHYSICAL PLANNING". Kano State Government. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  2. ^ "Traditional rulers urged to assist KASEPPA on land allocation". Daily Trust. December 18, 2003. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  3. ^ Yusha’u Adamu Ibrahim (December 18, 2003). "Assembly urges GSM coys to insure operational areas". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  4. ^ "INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AND REHABILITATION". Kano State Government. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  5. ^ "NIGERIA: CHURCHES DEMOLISHED FOR 'ENVIRONMENTAL' CONCERNS". Compass Direct News. August 24, 2001. Retrieved 2009-12-18. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Private Public Conveniences; Kano, Nigeria". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  7. ^ "INCREASE ACCESS TO IMPROVED SANITATION" (PDF). Water Utility Partnership (WUP) for Capacity Building in Africa. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  8. ^ S.Debomy. "COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION By NIGHT-SOIL ATTENDANTS IN KANO, NIGERIA" (PDF). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  9. ^ Chris Lewcock (1995). "Farmer Use of Urban Water in Kano" (PDF). Pergamon. Retrieved 2009-12-18.