The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) says it has embarked on waste management and sanitation advocacy campaign activities in six markets in Ijebu North Local Government Area, Ogun State.
Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, the Director-General of NCF said this in a statement in Abuja.
NCF is one of the foremost environmental NGOs in Nigeria dedicated to nature conservation and sustainable development.
Aminu-Kano said that NCF received for the second time, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation grant to advocate for actions that promote proper waste separation, sorting, management and disposal in selected markets of Ijebu North LGA, Ogun State.
“This is geared towards making our environment sustainable and habitable for future generations.
“As part of the objective of the project, titled: Improving Community-Market Sustainability in Waste Management in Ijebu North LGA, Ogun State, it hopes to reduce the threat and health risks posed by dirty environments while empowering the beneficiaries to take responsibility for proper sanitation in the markets.”
He said that the six selected markets are Obada Station I & II, Ojowo Atikori, Awa, Mamu, Oru/Awa, and Ago-Iwoye.
“The project is being carried out over a period of 12 months and it commenced in September 2018.
“It has been divided into five major phases: Market Entry; Market Sensitisation; Clean up Exercise; Monitoring & Evaluation; and Post Project Supervision.
“We carried out sensitisation and clean up exercises at Obada Station market and Ojowo-Atikori market, where market women and men trouped out in their hundreds to participate.”
He said that the project would also provide modern waste bins for each market at stall level which would aid proper disposal of waste generated in the market.
“Before the intervention of this project, the markets did not have such waste management facility characterising the market place with heaps of waste dumps sighted across the market.
“It will also build capacity of Health and Sanitation Officers in Ijebu North LGA to further smoothen the relationship of the officers and market traders toward better sanitation in the area.
Mr Rufus Ayebusuwa, the Director, Environmental Sanitation, Ijebu North LGA advised the market traders on the importance of sanitation to human wellbeing particularly in eradicating infection and disease.
Mr Solomon Adefolu of NCF advised the market traders on the need to inculcate a proper waste management culture, especially in waste sorting and disposal.
He further assured the market of NCF’s support in delivering an efficient waste disposal mechanism by working with all stakeholders.
Chief Mudashiru Adebola, the Baba Loja of Obada Station Market thanked NCF for bringing such initiative to the market to compliment the effort of the government in ensuring clean environment.
He also led the people in the clean-up exercise across the market stalls which lasted for over 60 minutes.
NCF has successfully implemented a similar waste management advocacy campaign in 17 communities of Eti-Osa LGA in Lagos in 2017/2018, where large to medium size outdoor waste bins were provided for the communities to improve their waste disposal system.
Youth Group Faults Protest Against HYPREP
Following the protest that rock the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP)last Monday by some youth groups in Ogoniland calling for the dissolution of the governing board of the agency,s more groups in the area said the call is not necessary, as it was aimed at querying the pedigree of the Project Cordinator, Prof Neniibarini Zabbey.
In an interview with journalists, the Bodo City Youth Federation led by Joseph Lenu and his executive members said they condems in strong terms the protest led by the President Generalof Ogoni Youth Federation, Mr. Lagborsi Yaamabaana.
Group further warned that the youths would not take it kindly with any groups or individuals that want to undermine the peace and security of Ogoni land at this critical time noting that the organiser of the said Protest should tender an apology to the project coordinator and the Ogoni youths.
Group Distances Self From HYPREP Protest
A concerned group under the auspices of Ogoni General Youth Assembly, has distanced itself from the protest organised by Mr. Legbosi Yaamabaana against the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) last Monday.
The President of the group, Comrade BarinekaTornwe in a statement said the Protest led by Yaamabaana was against the best interest of the Ogonis and would not yield any positive result.
According to him, Yaamabaana, a HYPREP contractor himself, would only be using the sweat and blood of Ogoni youths to push for more expensive contracts”, adding that the said youth leader “Yaamabaan is always on self-enrichment mode and never for the over-all good interest of the Ogoni youths”
Tornwe therefore enjoined all Ogoni youths to avoid him and rather support HYPREP to execute its core mandate of providing alternative source of livelihood to Ogonis through skills training for women and youths.
It would be recalled that recently, HYPREP concluded another training for 3,000 Ogoni youths and women in various empowernment skills, and pledged not to relent its effort in the interest of the people of Ogoni.
The president of the group, further alleged that “It is Yaamabaana’s plan to hijack the central youth training programme from HYPREP and run it a contractor”.
Tornwe however commended HYPREP for what it has done so far on the execution of its mandate, and appealed that it should stay focused on its assignment and not to allow treacherous persons to sway it into the wrong way.
Minister Tasks RSG On Open Defecation
The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof Joseph Terlummum Utsev has called on the Rivers State Government to fulfill it own agreement of ending open defecation by the year 2030.
Prof. Utsev stated this in Port Harcourt during a familiarisation tour to the Niger Delta Basin Authority (NDBA) facilities and projects in the State,
He said eradicating open defecation will improve hygiene, sanitation and health standard of the people.
The Minister explained that the visit was aimed at assessing infrastructure, programmes of the authority required to meet the agenda of President Bola Tinubu in ensuring a better society.
He said toilets must be constructed at motor parks with a view to enthroning hygiene.
“To end open defecation and enthrone hygiene, we need to construct toilets at the motor parks, hospitals, schools and public places to ensure the objective is achieved. So, the Rivers State Government needs to come on board.
“There is a need for us to build synergy between the three tiers of government to ensure that this is achieved.” he said.
The Minister also explained that access to potable water is part of the mandate of the Ministry, and assured that it will be delivered.
. “We are targeting about 500 hectares of land across the country under irrigation. We cannot succeed without completing all our dams that are under construction, ensuring we complete the projects.
“We will engage state governments in allocation of lands, while we provide water for irrigation, the government is supposed to give the Certificate of Occupancy to ensure that the land belongs to the farmers to avoid any issue with the farmers,” he said.
“The government is serious about improving the lives of Nigerians, ensuring food security, wealth creation and youth empowerment”
“Some projects that will drive this have been completed, while some are ongoing, we are determined to complete more projects and initiate new ones.”
It would be recalled that Nigeria currently sits at the top as far as open defecation was concerned.
The country took over from India.
It would also be noted that out of the 36 States in the country, only Jigawa State is open defecation free.
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