Council Boss Flags Off NYSC National Environmental Sanitation Exercise In Abia
The Chairman of Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, Chief Ugochukwu Njinkeonye has flagged off the year 2021 National Environmental Sanitation programme organized by the National Youth Service Corp in the state, with a call on the corp members to execute the task with all sense of responsibility and decorum, as every service rendered to humanity has a reward attached to it.
Declaring the exercise open at the Umuahia North Secretariat, Chief Njinkeonye lauded the NYSC for initiating the exercise, and believed that it will further improve the aesthetic value of the state.
He commended the corp members for the zeal exhibited in the service and also expressed optimism that the state will wear a clean and green outlook after the sanitation exercise.
Speaking also, the General Manager, Abia State Environmental Protection Agency, ASEPA, Chief Eze Okwulehie described the exercise as a welcome development and harped the need for ecosystem restoration through tree planting and avoiding bush burning and other acts that are inimical to the environment.
The Permanent Secretary, Abia State Ministry of Environment, Mr. Iheanyi Ubani represented by the Deputy Director, Environmental Health Officer, Department of Pollution Control and Environmental Health, Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Obi Maduka Ihuaku said that the ministry in full show of support, provided the working tools needed to make the job easier.
Earlier in his address, the NYSC Director General, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim represented by the Abia State coordinator of the scheme, Mr. Jingi Denis said the Nationwide exercise would be carried out in all the communities where NYSC corp members were found.
He revealed that most of the diseases diagnosed and treated during the recent Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, NYSC-HIRD in the state could be avoided through a hygenic environment.
According to him, greater percentage of ailments recorded and treated within the environment had direct relationship with poor sanitation and hygiene practices, and, “that necessitated the exercise by the scheme”.
His words, “During the Nationwide medical outreaches recently conducted on the platform of the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, most of the ailments diagnosed and treated were as a result of poor hygiene. They include chronic diarrhoea, dental caries – tooth decay, head and body lice, ringworm, dysentery, typhoid, polio, scabies, trachoma, Hepatitis A, and malaria among others”.
The NYSC DG said to achieve the theme of the programme, “Clean Environment and Good Hygiene: Panacea for Good Health and Long Life”, every member of the community will have to be mobilized for participation in the exercise, which will feature sensitisation, disease surveillance and report of outbreak
Some of the residents who spoke with our correspondent, including a trader, Mrs. Ogechi Anyanwu from Umuahia South L.G.A, Mr. Chinedu Maduako from Umuahia North L.G.A, among others lauded the NYSC for embarking on the community service.
According to Mrs Anyanwu it gladdens myheart that the leadership of the NYSC have thought it wise to organize this programme.
The flag off ceremony took place simultaneously in all the L.G.As of Abia State.
In Aba South L.G.A, the programme was flagged off by HRM Eze Sunday D N Emejiaka- Paramount ruler of Ohazu ancient kingdom. While Eze Udodiri Promise of Eziama autonomous community flagged off that of Aba North.
In Umuahia South L.G.A, was performed by the Chairman Ubakala traditional rulers council, Eze Sir A. Ugwunwa where the representative of the Executive Chairman, Chief Humphrey Benson and Hon. Chibuzo Ejim, the ASEPA Umuahia South Zonal Manager.