World Environment Day: Stakeholders task Nigerians on good sanitation habit

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Environmental crime on the rise – UNEP

AS Nigeria joins the rest of the
world to mark the 2016 World
Environment Day, WED, Civil
Society Organisations, CSOs, in
the country have urged Nigerians
to adopt good sanitation habit and
personal hygiene practice on daily
basis.
The Resources Conservation
Development Initiative, RCDI, in
partnership with National Youth
Service Corp, NYSC, Connected
Development, CODE, and the
New Nigeria Initiative, NNI,
made the appeal at the exercise
tagged ‘Clean Up Abuja,’ which
demonstrated the essence of clean
environment through a sanitation
exercise.
The coordinator, RCDI, Afoke
Igwe said the exercise was to raise
awareness and consciousness of
Nigerians on healthy and clean
environment as part of health
needs.
Igwe further explained that
the environment surpassed
everybody living in it.
He said: “If the environment is
not clean, we are going to have
series of diseases.
“We are hopeful the members
of the public will take this home
and begin to live a life that is
environmental friendly as much
as possible.”
Also speaking,the founder, New
Nigeria Initiative, NNI, Tracy
Okoro maintained that the exercise
had to be part of the culture of the
people for clean environment and
prevention to contact diseases.
Okoro stated that the CSOs
embarking on the sanitation
exercise symbolised a relaunch
of environmental health
consciousness and culture in the
country, and also to show the level
of environmental degradation by
indiscriminate disposal of solid
and liquid wastes.
According to her, the
environment has been degraded
by waste water disposed, and
therefore causes air pollution and
the inability to have a recycling
culture are what the group intends
to bring to the mind of people.
In his own assertion, the cofounder
and chief executive of
CODE, Hamzat Lawal said there
was need to collaborate with the
government and to see how people
could be empowered to take
actions over their environment.
“For us in CODE, we have been
taken actions before now, but for
the World Environment Day it is
a an opportunity for our renewed
commitment where we can add
more voices to our campaign and
ensure moving forward on how
we can coordinate and collaborate
better in this kind of clean ups and
beyond the clean up,” he said.
Increase in environmental
crime
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot