Worried by the poor sanitation habits of some residents of Delta state, the State Ministry of Environment has organized a sensitization workshop on the possibility of achieving a cleaner Delta.
In an address on the occasion, the state Commissioner for Environment, Honourable Chris Onogba, said a clean environment was key to achieving sustainable development because nothing meaningful could come from a dirty environment.
He said as part of efforts to promote a clean and safe environment, government had embarked on continuous sensitization of the populace on the need for sound environmental sanitation practices and good personal hygiene.
Onogba said the sensitization included the essence of proper waste disposal culture through the acquisition of refuse bins, and the engagement of the services of Private Sector Participants, PSPs in refuse disposition to collect and dispose of waste at approved dump sites across the state.
The Environment Commissioner said government was greatly concerned about the unwholesome practice of erecting structures on drains, natural waterways and canals and had carried out the desilting of drainage channels to ensure effective control of storm water, particularly in flood prone areas.
He noted that the resurgence of virulent diseases, including Lassa Fever, Ebola and currently Coronavirus, had made the need for a clean environment more pressing, stressing that every citizen, particularly in the rural areas, needed to be well informed about the globally acceptable precautionary measures.
Onogba called on Deltans and other residents of the state to assume ownership of their environment, as that was a sure way of achieving a cleaner Delta state.
There were goodwill messages from the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Honourable Daniel Yingi, the Chairman, Delta State Waste Management Board, Honourable Emmanuel Chinye and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Environment, Comrade Nwaeke Ogochukwu, as well as a lecture on the consequences of poor sanitation habits by Dr Lauretta Tuderoro – Aherobo.