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ANEEJ Boss Tasks Stakeholders On Checking Environmental Degradation

ANEEJ Boss Tasks Stakeholders On Checking Environmental Degradation

ANEEJ Boss Tasks Stakeholders On Checking Environmental Degradation

By RICHARD EWEKA Last Modified: 06/08/2014 12:18:02

THE Executive Director, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ). Rev. David Ugolor has called on stakeholders in the environment sector particularly Ministries of Environment to advance standard of approach and technicality in facing the challenges of environmental degradation.

This he said they could do by specifically providing technological equipment and adequate manpower that would help in recycling wastes.

He made the call at a one day seminar to mark the World Environment Day with the theme “Small Island in Developing States and climate change; with a slogan; Raise yours voice and not sea level”.

The seminar has as its theme “To restore the environment and ensure a healthy and habitable world” with participants drawn from six primary schools and one secondary school in Edo State.

Rev. Ugolor who was represented by Head of Finance and Administration ANEEJ Mrs. Ramat Idiake said there should and must be awareness campaigns to conscientize the general public of their social responsibility to keep their environments clean and helping the government to maintain public facilities and not indulge in vandalism of social infrastructures by way of blockage of water channels, reckless dumping of sewage, mounting illegal dump sites and indiscriminate dumping of refuse, for the overall health and benefit of Nigerians.

“There is no denying the fact that the globe is under environmental threat; this is obvious from our day-to-day experiences of natural disasters caused by man’s quest for advancement in technology, and industrialization, with densely populated slums and poor housing, deforestation and other forms of pollution”. He concluded.

Delivering a lecture titled “Safe use of the toilet” the Programme Officer on Environment ANEEJ, Miss. Sandra Eguagie said, washing of hands is very important and vital if one wants to stay healthy. She said diseases can spread when the hands are dirty but can be prevented simply by washing our hands regularly.

Continuing Eguagie said “you spend little or nothing to wash hands but spend more if you are ill and wants to get better”.

The high point of the event was the practical demonstration by students from each of the six schools present and distribution of the materials needed for proper washing of hands to the students with a matching order to participant present to go back to their schools and teach others.