By Salisu Sani-Idris
CTF Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu gave the assurance during the launch of an inclusive awareness campaign on environmental sanitation, held on Monday at the Kwali Regional Council in Abuja.
Aliyu explained that the exercise was part of the measures to raise public awareness of good environmental practices in all communities of the six regional councils of the CTF.
The minister also said the exercise will instill in residents the habit of maintaining clean and hygienic environments in satellite towns.
According to her, all hands should be on the bridge and everyone should take responsibility for their actions.
“As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that communities take action to prevent further transmission, reduce the impacts of the epidemic, and support control measures.
“Good waste management and good hygiene practices are essential to improve public health and are essential for optimal economic productivity.
“It is for this reason that the FCTA, through the Department of Development of Satellite Cities (STDD), has launched inclusive awareness raising on environmental sanitation in all communities of the FCT, to ensure that everyone is involved. in taking measures to ensure a healthy environment, ”she told me.
She noted that most of the illnesses affecting people were the result of poor environmental hygiene practices, the effect of which had been increased morbidity and mortality rates in children under five.
Aliyu assured that the FCT administration will continue to apply existing policies and guidelines on issues related to acceptable waste management practices.
The minister said that the indiscriminate disposal of waste has an impact not only on public health, but also on human dignity and personal safety.
Aliyu noted that the initiated sanitation program would significantly improve the health conditions of FCT residents.
She also said that the sanitation would help her take one more step towards achieving one of the administration’s cardinal goals while advancing the cause of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking, CTF Permanent Secretary Olusola Adesola expressed concern at World Bank reports on the economic impact of poor sanitation in communities in Nigeria.
According to him, the report estimates that Nigeria loses 455 billion naira each year, which represents 1.3% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
He was represented by the Acting Secretary of the Regional Council Services Secretariat, Ms. Omolola Olanipekun.
Adesola said the event was a clear demonstration and a very stinging commitment of the FCT administration to improving environmental sanitation and good hygiene in all communities across the six regional councils.
He noted that poor sanitation had become a major public health problem with unprecedented adverse effects on everyone.
“It is common knowledge that diseases such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery, diarrhea are linked to poor sanitary conditions.
“This shows that the sanitation status of a particular community largely determines the health and well-being of its people,” Adesola said.
In addition, Mr. Olusegun Olusa, Director of Environmental Services, Satellite City Development Department (STDD), said the FCT master plan provided for the development of sanitary and technical landfills in Gosa in Abuja City Council and in Guabe in the Kuje Regional Council.
Olusa, who regretted that the two lands had been seriously encumbered, however assured that the FCDA was working on the design of a technical landfill which would be located on 350 hectares currently being recovered on 500 hectares initially envisaged in the master plan of Gosa. .
According to him, once developed, it will serve as a final treatment site for FCC and regional council waste. (NOPE)
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