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Aliyu harps on improved environmental sanitation

Apr, 2021 | By Nkechi Isa | ||

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has reiterated its commitment to increase sensitization on proper environmental practices among residents in order to reduce the impact of poor sanitation on communities. Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who disclosed this during the flag off of inclusive sensitization on environmental sanitation in Kwali Area Council, appealed to residents to inculcate the habit of maintaining clean and hygienic environments so as to enhance public health.

Dr. Aliyu noted that most of the diseases affecting people are as a result of poor environmental hygiene practices, the effect of which has been an increase in morbidity and mortality rates in children under five. She therefore assured that FCTA will continue to enforce existing policies and guidelines on issues related to acceptable waste management practices. She said: "As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that communities take action to prevent further transmission, reduce the impacts of the outbreak, and support control measures. Proper waste management and good hygiene practices are critical to enhancing public health and are indispensable for optimal economic productivity."

The Minister affirmed that indiscriminate disposal of waste has an impact not only on public health, but also on human dignity and personal safety, noting that the scheme launched would greatly improve the health conditions of residents of FCT and take a step closer to achieving one of the cardinal objectives of the Administration while advancing the cause of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In his remarks, FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusola Adesola, stated that World Bank's reports on the economic impact of poor sanitation across communities in Nigeria estimate that the country losses a whopping N455billion annually, representing 1.3 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product.

Adesola, who was represented at the occasion by the Acting Secretary, Area Council Services Secretariat, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun, said the event was a clear demonstration of FCTA's commitment to improve environmental sanitation and good hygiene across all communities of the six Area Councils. He said: "Poor sanitation has become a major public health concern with unprecedented attendant adverse impacts on all of us. It is common knowledge that diseases such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery, diarrhoea are linked to poor sanitary conditions. This goes to show that the state of sanitation of a particular community largely determines the health status and wellbeing of its residents."

Also speaking, Director, Environmental Services, Satellite Towns Development Department, Mr. Olusegun Olusa, in his overview of the scheme, said the FCT Master Plan made provision for development of sanitary/engineered landfills at Gosa in Abuja Municipal Area Council and Guabe in Kuje Area Council but regretted that both lands have been seriously encumbered.

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