The Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, has stressed its resolve to use the available resources in the school to right environmental problems in the state.
The Rector of the school, Prof T.G. Sokari, made this disclosure in an address of welcome he delivered during the opening ceremony in a two-day Training Workshop on Ecological Sanitation in Riverine communities of the lower Niger jointly organised by the Rivers State Polytechnic Bori and Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu.
Prof Sokari, noted that his school has qualified sanitary engineers, environmental microbiologists, as well as other scientists that could effectively manage waste capable of polluting the rivers and streams.
The Riv Poly don, also applauded the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for partnering RSUST and his school on environmental issues.
In her paper, the leaderof the organisers of the workshop, Mrs. I. Kakulu, showcased the proto-type of a fabricated toilet equipment as part of an indigenous technology (ECOSAN).
Mrs Kakulu, noted that the idea was targeted at phasing out pit latrines and make-shift toilets in Riverine communities.
She also hinted that the polytechnic would soon produce locally-made toilet equipment in large numbers that will be used in Riverine communities.
Responding separately, the Head, Environmental Education and Training of UNEP Nairobi Kenya, Prof Akpezi Ogbuigwe and the programme officer of UNEP Global Action for the protection of Marine Environment, Mr Robert Beehloff, explained that the maintenance of good sanitary habits was strategic to the development of any society.
The deo also called for a combined efforts in the protection of the environment.