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JUSUN Strike Stalls Enforcement Of Sanitation Laws In Lagos

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The ongoing strike by Ju
diciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has stalled proper enforcement of sanitation laws in Lagos State, some Environmental Officers have said .
The officers who spoke to  newsmen in Lagos claimed that the residents had neglected sanitation laws due to the strike.
It would be recalled that judiciary workers under the aegis of JUSUN had embarked on a nationwide strike on January 2, following the non-implementation of a court order, granting financial autonomy to the judiciary.
The union had said it would not go back on its demands until the orders were implemented.
Reacting to the situation, a prosecutor in charge of the Ojo Local Government Area (LGA), Mr Abdulrasaq Akande, said the strike had crippled environmental activities within the area.
“The strike has really affected our activities in the prosecution of sanitation offenders, and this is so sad.
“The residents flout environmental laws on a daily basis and they have thrown caution to the wind, simply because the courts are under lock and key.
“Since there are no avenues to prosecute these offenders there is generally lack of enforcement of environmental laws,’’ he said.
Akande therefore, called on judiciary workers to embrace amicable settlement of the dispute and ensure the resumption of the courts.
The prosecutor in charge of the Iba LGA, Mr Kola Oyewumi, said that though health officers still monitored activities of residents in the area, such efforts were wasted since offenders could not be brought to book.
“Since the beginning of this strike, you find that some residents are no longer interested in cleaning their gutters and surroundings or even evacuating their over filled septic tanks.
“They exhibit the attitude with so much confidence and indifference and I must say that situation is really annoying.
“We cannot do much at this point in time, but we implore JUSUN to reconsider its stand and call off this strike so as to enable officers resume normal sanitation activities,’’ he said.
Another prosecutor, in charge of the Ijanikin axis, Mr James Alagun, said the situation was more difficult because customary courts in the state were no longer allowed to entertain sanitation cases.
“The strike has left so many of us idle; we see residents flouting environmental laws on a daily basis but there is a limit to what we can do now.
“Only customary courts preside over matters at the moment but issues of sanitation laws no longer fall within their jurisdiction and this makes the situation worse,’’ he said
He urged the government to ensure a peaceful resolution of the dispute.

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Expert Advocates Healthy Hygiene, Clean Environment

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A Consultant Family Physician, Dr Toke Oke, has stressed the importance of maintaining healthy hygiene and keeping the environment clean,
Oke, at a briefing organised by This Present House, said healthy hygiene and a clean environment were important in overcoming disease outbreaks.
She said, “Maintaining healthy hygiene will not only apply to COVID-19, but it will also apply to other infections. As we know, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, we have many other viruses and from time, we have seen that to prevent the transmission of these viruses, people are being encouraged to do simple things like washing of hands, cleaning surfaces and wearing of the facemask which prevents the transmission of the virus to other people.
“Indeed, a clean environment is not just for COVID-19, but a lot of other infectious diseases. This way, people will not be able to come in contact with dirt surfaces. With soap, detergent and bleach, majority of viruses including the COVID-19 can be killed.”
The expert added that healthy hygiene and a clean environment had helped in the fight against COVID-19.
A pastor in the church, Dele Balogun, said the church had also been in the forefront of the fight against drug and stance abuse among the youths.
“This Present Church is an expression of House of Freedom which has several initiatives campaigning against substance and hard drug abuse. We live in a metropolitan part of Lagos, which is the Lekki environment, and there has been a surge in the abuse of substances in recent times.
“For obvious reasons, people are going through a lot and many times they want to drown their sorrows by sort of taking these substances. We as a body, we felt the need to go out and in love reach out to those who are addicted to these habits,” he said.
The resident pastor of the church, Jude Nwoko, said the briefing was organised to review the activities of the church which included the Keep Lekki Clean campaign as well as the sensitisation on drug abuse.

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Environmentalist Seeks Halt To Extraction Of Fossil Fuel In N’Delta

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An environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey, has said only a halt in the extraction of fossil fuel by oil multinationals can guarantee a healthy living by people of oil producing states.
Bassey, who is also the Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation, made the call during an oil watch global event in Port Harcourt .
He blamed the high level of flooding and pollution in Niger Delta region on oil exploration.
The activist also lamented over the destruction of biodiversity, adding that the oil sector has only created employment for one percent of the entire population in Africa.
While calling on the government to ensure the cleaning of the “polluted environment across the region” also called for adequate “compensation” for communities affected by oil exploration that have refused the oil in their environment to be extracted.
In his words, “If you pay attention to the climate debate and negotiation governments and corporations are talking about achieving net zero”.
“Net zero does not mean zero, it means you keep emitting the carbon but find a way of either capturing or burying it somewhere or you plant some trees or designate some forest at places where carbon is being absorbed”.

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Expert Advocates Healthy Hygiene, Clean Environment

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A Consultant Family Physician, Dr Toke Oke, has stressed the importance of maintaining healthy hygiene and keeping the environment clean,
Oke, at a briefing organised by This Present House, said healthy hygiene and a clean environment were important in overcoming disease outbreaks.
She said, “Maintaining healthy hygiene will not only apply to COVID-19, but it will also apply to other infections. As we know, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, we have many other viruses and from time, we have seen that to prevent the transmission of these viruses, people are being encouraged to do simple things like washing of hands, cleaning surfaces and wearing of the facemask which prevents the transmission of the virus to other people.
“Indeed, a clean environment is not just for COVID-19, but a lot of other infectious diseases. This way, people will not be able to come in contact with dirt surfaces. With soap, detergent and bleach, majority of viruses including the COVID-19 can be killed.”
The expert added that healthy hygiene and a clean environment had helped in the fight against COVID-19.
A pastor in the church, Dele Balogun, said the church had also been in the forefront of the fight against drug and stance abuse among the youths.
“This Present Church is an expression of House of Freedom which has several initiatives campaigning against substance and hard drug abuse. We live in a metropolitan part of Lagos, which is the Lekki environment, and there has been a surge in the abuse of substances in recent times.
“For obvious reasons, people are going through a lot and many times they want to drown their sorrows by sort of taking these substances. We as a body, we felt the need to go out and in love reach out to those who are addicted to these habits,” he said.
The resident pastor of the church, Jude Nwoko, said the briefing was organised to review the activities of the church which included the Keep Lekki Clean campaign as well as the sensitisation on drug abuse.

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