The Ministry of Environment in Yobe on Tuesday began an intensive cleaning exercise in Damaturu, ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan's scheduled visit on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that areas expected to be visited by the president such as the 'Red Bricks' Housing Estate, the ultra-modern Damaturu Hospital and the State University are wearing new looks.
NAN reports also that sanitation workers were seen sweeping and cleaning the major roads.
The Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Wakil Sarki, told NAN that the ministry embarked on the exercise to add aesthetic value to the city.
"We are using the newly procured sanitation equipment for a clean and healthy environment before, during and after Mr. President's visit to the state.
"The ministry recently engaged 600 casual workers for sanitation exercise, and we are also sensitising the populace to the need for clean and healthy environment," he said.