The Federal Capital Area Council Commission has trained about 60 schedule officers in Kuje environmental health unit with a view to exposing them to the best practices in the area of environmental sanitation.
Speaking at the one-day workshop, the commission’s chairman, represented by Alhaji Muhammadu Adamu, said the workshop was organized to inculcate the awareness of national environmental sanitation policy framework unto the participants and for them to brainstorm on how to address the problems of sanitation in the area councils.
Alhaji Adamu explained that the first phase of the workshop was for top career officers, adding that the next phase will focus on in-plant training and will be for the target officers.
“A committee has been set up by the area council services secretariat to monitor and evaluate the exercise by rewarding the deserving area councils, while non-performing councils will have nothing to be cheerful for,” he noted.
Also speaking, an environmental consultant, Dr. Yomi Garnett, listed some sanitation challenges to include inadequate professional manpower, inadequate allocation of resources for environmental services, lack of mobile courts to prosecute offenders and low level of environmental awareness among others.
He said for the country to translate global commitments on sanitation and hygiene into reality, it must develop appropriate and enforceable legislations that will create awareness on environmental sanitation issues and sustainable financial resources.
Source: Abdulkadir Y. Abdullahi & Hussein Yahaya, Daily Trust / allAfrica.com, 21 October 2010