Clean Up Nigeria (CUN), an NGO, warned Nigerians against indiscriminate dumping of garbage and advised them to adopt sound personal hygiene and good sanitation habits for a healthy environment in the country.
The National Coordinator / Secretary of the organization, Mr. Jan Owoh, National said this on Thursday, while delivering a document on the Report on the State of the Environment of Nigeria, 2021, in Abuja.
Owoh, who announced the report, said Akwa Ibom emerged in first position for the 2021 report, with 64 percent, while Ebonyi ranked second with 55 percent and Bauchi State came in third position with 44. percent.
He added that Abuja emerged as the cleanest city in Nigeria by 2021 at 79 percent, followed by Uyo at 63 percent, adding that Borno ranked last.
However, he congratulated the Akwa Ibom people and their government for emerging in the first position, adding that the state has been emerging in the first position for three years, from 2019, 2020 and 2021.
“We are encouraged by all levels and the public that after the initial three cleaning index rating studies we conducted in 2018, 2019 and 2020, there has been an improvement.
“The improvement is primarily in hygiene / sanitation practices in all states in 2021.
“We encourage all interested parties to participate in the peer review mechanism time to visit both the winning states / cities and the backward states / cities.
“This will help stakeholders to benefit and learn more about what the top states are doing to improve their performance ratings.
“The government at all levels and communities, including individuals, should, as a matter of urgency, take seriously the aspect of knowledge, attitude and practice of hygiene and sanitation.
“The effort will help improve their living conditions in order to increase the average life expectancy in Nigeria from 45 to 55 years.
“This is in line with the goal of the project, which is based on bringing sanitation and waste management to the forefront of both the government and the population and, in the process, raising awareness.
“As well as promoting alternative actions on personal hygiene / sanitation to ensure a cleaner, healthier and safer Nigeria,” he said.
Owoh said that CUN was a front-line international NGO with social and economic consultative status at the United Nations since 1994.
He said the all-state / town cleaning performance index rating from the federation study was conducted for a full calendar year from December 2020 to November 2021.
“In order to maintain the credibility ratings of the project milestones, we further secure the overwhelming support of our project partners to implement the full application of the world’s tallest satellite imagery system (the GEO-EYE-1),
“The GEO-EYE-1, collects spectral images (data) at 0.14 meters or 16 inches from orbit quarterly throughout the year as monitored from Canada to provide us with an accurate and reliable database using the five variables.
“The method is with 20 percent combined physical verification and 80 percent satellite imagery data was applied across all performance indicators on a monthly basis each quarter of the year as follows.”
The national coordinator said that only four states in the country, namely Lagos, Oyo, Abuja and Bauchi have sanitary landfills, while the remaining 34 states operate open-air landfills.
He said the event was not only alarming, but required urgent intervention to address the threat.
Mr. Obong Ikim, Chairman of Akwa-Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency, who received the award from the NGO, said, on behalf of his government, that the state appreciates the effort made.
“I want to thank the CUN for taking the pain of traveling the country to make the report on the state of the environment, honestly, it is not an easy task.
“For a state to take the top position in 2019, 2020 and 2021, there is more work to be done on our environment, which is why I urged all stakeholders to join in on cleaning up our environment.
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