The National Council of Environment has re-introduced the nationwide monthly environmental sanitation exercise.
The Minister of Environment, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, disclosed this in Lafia while briefing Journalists after the 10th session of the National Council on Environment tagged, ” Environment and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria: Empowering People, Taking Climate Action and Protecting the Environment.”
The Minister who chaired the meeting attended by all Commissioners of Environment from all states of the federation, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), amongst other stakeholders stated that the decision to re-introduce the monthly exercise was approved by the council following observations on the menace of poor solid waste management and sanitation issues.
She said that there would not be limitation to the freedom of movement of citizens across the country, however, the ministry would reward the all-year-round cleanest council through award of grants to enable such city sustain the tempo of environmental sanitation.”
Apart from the monthly exercise, “Sanitary facilities would be provided in public places and all transit system corridors to encourage citizens’ participation in keeping the environment clean.
“Sanitation desks would be established in all the local government areas in the country to monitor and measure the level of cleanliness of every city throughout the year and come with an award for the cleanest city.
According to her, the grant would also be extended to the private sector willing to participate in cleaning the Environment as the ministry was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the private sector to provide toilet facilities in public places with a view to stopping open defecation in the country by 2020.
The Minister added that, “As part of its “Clean and Green” initiative to address the menace of indiscriminate disposal of plastic and polythene bags, the ministry would partner with the private sector to achieve their goal.
“Our initiatives on waste to wealth are two pronged – protecting the environment from pollution and at the same time creating entrepreneurs in waste management and alternative cleaner energy sources.
“There is an Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) framework for all plastics companies were expected to collect the wastes and recycle them.
“However, the companies might not be able to reach all nooks and crannies of the society, as such there is need to give incentives to people willing to collect the waste and deposit at designated sites thereby giving them a source of livelihood, ” Mohammed said.
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