NATIONAL SANITATION DAY: LASG URGES RESIDENTS TO KEEP ENVIRONMENT CLEAN

……As State holds maiden edition, Community Sanitation Clean-Up
The Lagos State Government on Friday urged residents to continue to keep their environment clean while imbibing good environmental sanitation and  hygiene practices.
The Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen made the assertion at the maiden celebration of National Environmental Sanitation Day (NESD) and the Second Quarterly Community Sanitation Clean-Up Exercise of Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources held at Ojodu Local Government Development Area.
The Permanent Secretary who spoke through the Director of Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth said it is necessary to prevent the occurrence and spread of not only cholera but also other sanitation related diseases.
He explained that the Federal Ministry of Environment with the approval of the National Council on Environment (NCE) in conjunction with State and all Local Governments has set aside 28th of June every year as National Environmental Sanitation  Day.

Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs.Omoyeni Balogun; Representative of the Chairman Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA)/ Vice Chairman, Hon. Bunmi Oluyadi; Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services/ Director Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth and an Assistant Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs. Fatty Ogunniyi, during the Maiden edition of National Environmental Sanitation day celebration, held on 28th of June, 2024, at Oluyemi Erinoso Street in Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State.

Highlighting the theme for 2024,   “Environmental Sanitation in the Era of Climate Change”
Gaji stressed that the purpose of the celebration was to create awareness among the Nigerian populace on the importance of sanitation practices as a veritable means of controlling and preventing communicable diseases.
He mentioned that currently the country is faced with the challenge of  a cholera outbreak  saying Lagos is one of the  affected States.
“As we all know, cholera is spread through contaminated water or food that are results of unhygienic and poor sanitation practices such as open defecation, poor waste management and poor personal hygiene amongst others” he said.
He noted that prior to the Cholera outbreak, the State has scaled-up it sanitation monitoring and awareness in public spaces focusing on Motor Parks and Garages, Markets, Public Schools, Abattoirs and Slaughter houses with the aim of sustainable good sanitation practices amongst the people.
He therefore advised all residents to imbibe the culture of regular hand washing before eating and ensure that they cook their food thoroughly before consumption.
He emphasized that residents need to ensure proper waste disposal through patronage of the LAWMA accredited PSP operators and regular cleaning of the tertiary drains for  sustainable environment
He added that residents should ensure they cut all overgrown vegetation, use the toilets for defecation and urination as well as ensure good sanitation that will support the economic growth and wellbeing of all.
He said the Government has also expanded coverage through community-led sanitation initiatives leveraging on monthly Community Development Committees (CDCs) meetings for advocacy and engagement on general environmental sanitation issues.

Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs.Omoyeni Balogun; Representative of the Chairman Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA)/ Vice Chairman, Hon. Bunmi Oluyadi; Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services/ Director Sanitation Services, Dr. Hassan Sanuth and an Assistant Director in the Office of Enviromental Services, Mrs. Fatty Ogunniyi, during the Maiden edition of National Environmental Sanitation day celebration, held on 28th of June, 2024, at Oluyemi Erinoso Street in Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State.

He added that this year alone, officers from the ministry have attended eleven CDCs meetings across the LGAs in the State and  sensitizing residents on the need for Community Sanitation saying  the Ministry collaborated with two communities every quarter to carry out clean up exercise.
He expressed appreciation to Ojodu LCDA, Community Development Committee, Community Development Association, resident of Orile-Aguda community, State volunteer group and Coalition of Lagos Environmental Groups (COLEG) for their support to ensure the cleanliness of the environment.
Earlier in his introductory remarks, the Chairman, Ojodu Local Government Development Area, Hon. Segun Odumbaku charged the residents to always keep their environment safe and clean  especially at this period of Cholera epidemic.
 The  Chairman who spoke through the Vice Chairman, Hon. Bunmi Oluyadi said Iives have been lost to the Cholera outbreak, urging everyone to always keep their environment clean by embracing proper waste disposal amongst others.
Signed 
Kunle Adeshina
Director Public Affairs
MOE&WR
June Friday 28th, 2024