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SanitationTaskforce Inaugurates Enforcement Agents

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The Rivers State Taskforce on Sanitation has charged its enforcement agents to be civil in their approach to duty.
Chairman of the Taskforce, Chief Isoboye Jack gave the charge,at a one day capacity building workshop organised by the taskforce for the enforcement agents in port Harcourt.
Jack urged them to use minimal force in their dealing with the public, adding that anyone caught violating the sanitation laws should be arrested and handed over to the police.
He warned against activities that will tarnish the image of the committee, stressing that the taskforce will not tolerate any act that will bring it into disrepute.
Jack said their responsibility is to enforce all sanitation laws against dumping of refuse at unspecified hours as well as dumping on road medians.
He also said his committee has already mapped out strategies towards sensitising the public on the hazards associated with indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Speaking with newsmen later,the chairman said   plans are underway  to revive the monthly environmental sanitation exercise,as well as bring back the mobile sanitation court.
Also speaking, a member of the taskforce, Hon.Joshua Olu warned them to avoid alcohol while on duty,noting that they are expected to work with the police to get those who violate the law arrested.
He said enforcement agents will be sent to all nooks and crannies of Port Harcourt city and environs to monitor compliance to refuse laws
Meanwhile, the state police command has pledged to cooperate with the committee to ensure its success.
A Chief Superintendent of Police Kerian Ibe from the Operation Department of the State police command said the police will work with the team to ensure compliance with the law.
He also warned them against taking the laws into their hands.
Secretary of the enforcement agents princess  ibiene ogan said they will work hard to return port Harcourt to it garden city status.

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LG Boss Moves To Check Cholera Outbreak

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The Chairman of Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Barrister Erastus Awortu, has attributed the ongoing effort by his administration to provide potable water across communities as a move to forestall future cholera outbreak in the area.
Awortu said this at an agenda for baseline validation and investment planning meeting organized by The Rivers State Rural Water Supply and sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) in Port Harcourt.
He said so far five communities have benefitted from the council, gesture in this direction.
“My own administration is local government because we are from Andoni .There are cases of cholera and other waterborne diseases,so we have been making concerted effort to see that we provide potable water in the communities big and small.
“We are taking step by step and inaugurated potable water scheme and we decided that each month we are going to provide water in one community or the other”
He said so far the effort is yielding result as cases of cholera have been reduced.
Awortu said the meeting is of particular interest to his administration “to see where we can get help to further boost our effort and to spread good health “he said.
He said some local government areas in the state because of their locations required huge sums of money to sink water project.
Awortu commended the federal and state governments and the international agencies for their effort to improve water supply in rural communities.
“I think that these are commendable effort. Part of systemic effort by the administration of Rivers State Water Corporation and the international agencies,the World Bank and the federal government to improve water and sanitation in all the localities, especially in rural areas of the country.

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FG To Support Efforts On Protection Of Nigerian Mangrove Ecosystems

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Minister of Environment, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, says the Federal Government will support efforts to raise awareness on the protection of Nigerian mangrove ecosystems for the provision of suitable livelihoods.
Abdullahi said this in a press statement made available newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, on the commemoration of the10km mangrove ecosystem awareness marathon.
He was represented by the Conservator-General, National Park Service (NPS), Dr Ibrahim Goni.
The minister said that the Mangrove Marathon is aimed at marking the 2022 International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems annually celebrated on July 30.
Abdullahi said the Federal Government had promised to support the protection of the Nigerian mangrove ecosystems to the coastal communities in Nigeria as well as the world at large.
He said that mangrove ecosystems are found in the fringes between the sea and the land along coasts and riverbanks where fresh and saltwater meet.
Abdullahi added that mangrove ecosystems had continued to serve as food, shelter, income, medicine and protection for people from coastal erosion and sea waves amongst others.
He said that globally, the ecosystems are rare areas of about 240,000 square kilometres in 123 tropical and subtropical nations of the world.
Abdullahi said this represents less than one per cent of all the tropical forests worldwide and less than 0.4 per cent of the total global forest estate.
The Minister said that Nigeria has the largest mangrove ecosystems in Africa and it is the third largest in the world with an estimate of 7.386sq.km having lost 26 per cent since 1980.
He said that although these ecosystems are known to perform immense socio-economic and ecological functions, no policy has been enacted for their conservation in Nigeria.
However, he said this gesture has been changed by the recent establishment of 10 additional national parks across the country by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the gesture has brought the total number of national parks in the country to 17, with two, Apoi and Edumenum National Parks, located in the Bayelsa State’s ecosystems.
The Minister expressed

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Plastic Pollution: Group Tasks Nigerians On Behavioural Change

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The Foundation for a Better Environment (FABE) International has called for a positive behavioural change among Nigerians toward plastic pollution.
Mrs Temitope Okunnu, the Founder of FABE, made the call during the clean-up of Okun-Ajah Beach on Thursday in Lagos.
The Tide source reports that FABE International partnered Cardtonic to clean-up o Okun-Ajah Beach on Thursday.
The training of women and children in recycling and upcycling activities in the community was part of the clean-up themed: “Plastic Free July”
Okunnu said that the residents should not only be concerned with the recycling rewards but sustainability as a lifestyle.
“It is ‘Plastic Free July’ and we are ending the month of July with the beach clean-up at Okun-Ajah community in collaboration with Cardtonic.
“Recycling is an activity that has gained popularity in Lagos state and that is why the residents feel they should get paid before any clean-up.
“Yes, there are monetary rewards for recycling but our aim as an organisation is to get the residents to have the necessary behavioural change for a sustainable environment.
“We want people to recycle not just because of the reward they may get from it, but because it has become a lifestyle to preserve the environment,” Okunnu said.
The environmentalist, however, commended women in the community for drive in eradicating plastic pollution through upscale recycling activities.
According to her, women in the Okun-Ajah community have taken it upon themselves to rid the beach of plastics.
“They call us every other week that they are ready for a pick-up to the recycling hubs.
“They engage children and friends in the plastic collection that is why you see we have fewer plastics to pick at the beach this year compared to last year’s clean-up.
“We are happy with the behavioural change we witnessed as regards plastic pollution.
“The resident participants at clean-up will be rewarded with food items, home appliances and gifts aside the points they get from recycling pet bottles,” she said.

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