Government to reappraise sanitation policy
After 14 years, stakeholders in the environment sector have reappraised the revised national environmental sanitation policy and called for sound operational framework for the policy in the country.
They said it has become imperative to modernise the 2005 documents in order to meet emerging needs and challenges.The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, who spoke at a validation workshop in Abuja, believed that it would address challenges confronting the country holistically.
She explained that the policy covered areas such as, excreta disposal, solid waste management, pest and vector control, and food sanitation and hygiene education in schools, homes, markets and abattoirs.She urged the stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunity to work together as partners in mutual enterprise to meet the expectation of government and international community.
Contributing, the director of pollution control and environmental health, Charles Ikeah said the latest effort marks yet another government’s effort to make environment safe and healthy for living and development.He explained, sanitation is a fundamental building block in the fight against poverty, and preventable diseases, urging private sector to undertake activities that will translate to achieving the goals.
On his part, Navy Captain James Otache observed that waste management in both the solid or liquid form has been problematic in Nigeria adding that in United States it is done through an integrated system, operated on private –public partnership.He lamented that effective waste management has not been achieved in Nigeria stressing that immigrants cause about 36 percent of indiscriminate dumping which leads to 16 per cent increase in diseases.
Also speaking, the Borno state commissioner for environment, Mohammed Angode argued that the government should take issue of waste disposal seriously as influx of people keeps increasing due to insurgency in the northeast. Angode stated that the population has increased to about 90 percent in Maiduguri, the state capital even as people who lives in uncompleted building increases. This he said also increases the rate of environmental hazards, such as floods, and air pollution.
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