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Navy clears refuse dumps, wants clean environment

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The Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Onne in Rivers State, Commodore Sunny Ode, has canvassed for a clean environment, saying neatness eradicates mosquitoes and saves money used for medical bills. Ode stated this in Onne when the school management and staff went round their host communities cleaning and evacuating refuse dumps.

The NNBTS commandant who led the cleanup with the Commandant, Nigerian Naval College, Commodore Akinga Ayafa, noted that a clean environment and proper refuse disposal builds a cleaner community and promotes good health and sustainable environment.
  
“We decided to carry out the cleanup in our host communities because we know that we cannot succeed when the environment around us is dirty. Dirty environment breeds mosquitoes and that causes malaria and sometimes leads to death. If we have a clean environment, it will have a positive impact to the community,” he said, adding that the gesture was aimed at showing good example to the community.

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Some of the residents lauded the action as inspiring. Bari ThankGod said: “I love what the navy is doing, it is inspiring and I pray they sustain it.”
 
Chidera Ogu said she was surprised to see naval officers not shouting orders at people but sweeping and evacuating refuse dumps. “We have not seen this kind of thing before, it is my first time, what they are doing is good and encouraging, they have really demonstrated example by extending the neatness we see in their camp to the outside world.”


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