The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has unveiled a continuous Household and Community Sanitation Exercise, aimed at improving personal and environmental hygiene in the Area Councils and Satellite Towns of the Territory.
The community-based initiative, which debuted on Saturday, at Kuje, the headquarters of the Kuje Area Council of the FCT, was flagged-off by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, in collaboration with the Minister of Environment, Hajiya Amina Mohammed.
Kicking off the Clean-up programme, with the theme “Clean Environment; Our collective Responsibility for a healthy living”, FCT Minister, explained that the initiative is not only a sanitation exercise but a re-orientation effort, in line with the Change Agenda of the Federal Government.
According to him, communal efforts at ensuring clean environment has almost disappeared, as most people now look up to Government to clean their environment for them; thereby, neglecting the household and communal efforts in cleanliness which often has led to spread of diseases such as Lassa fever.
He emphasized the community-based approach to environmental sanitation will lead to a more realistic and sustainable effort in maintaining the environment.
He therefore underscored the need for all political, traditional, community, religious leaders, civil servants and other residents, to imbibe the Change Agenda of the Federal Government, by changing their attitude.
Bello specifically called on the Area Councils’ Chairmen and Traditional rulers to organize their communities to tackle the issue of refuse littering all the nook and crannies of the Territory, by ensuring a clean and healthy environment.
“We must change our attitude as parents and as wards. We must tell ourselves the truth that our environment is very dirty and that the responsibility for ensuring a clean and healthy environment
lies on us.
“It must start from our households, our communities and our towns and cities. A clean environment is our collective responsibility for a healthy living.
“I therefore, enjoin all of us, to work hard in re-introducing community efforts in environmental sanitation through grassroots mobilization and also fashion out new ways of changing our attitude and the psyche of our younger ones in order to ensure a sustainable clean and healthy environment,” Bello stressed.
Similarly, the Minister of Environment, said that filths and dirt constitutes so much public health hazards to the people, and therefore called for concerted efforts to rid the environment of dirt.
She noted that sanitation is vital for human health; noting that healthy people are more productive at work place; insisting that healthy communities offer a more lucrative market for goods and services.
She said that the negative effects of poor sanitation and indiscriminate waste disposal include the recent flooding that destroyed houses; farmlands during the raining season.
On his part, the Gomo of Kuje, Alhaji Haruna Tanko Jibrin, commended the FCT Minister, for the initiative, which he said would go a long way in ensuring the tackling poor hygiene practices among inhabitants of the Territory, causing negative effects on the environment.
He however, urged the government to put strong mechanism in place, by adopting best waste management system, to ensure the sustenance of the programme.