NUJ partners Benue govt on environmental sanitation

NUJ partners Benue govt on environmental sanitation

From Gaaden Puun

The Benue State council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in collaboration with
the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Public Utility,
Sanitation and Environment has carried out a social sanitation exercise within
Makurdi the state capital.
Aljazirahnews gathered that the essence of the exercise was to educate and sensitize members of the public that the task of keeping the surroundings clean is a collective one that needs the participation of all and sundry so as to avert contracting environmental hazards. The clearing exercise started from modern market junction down to NUJ House and the cemetery which saw the removal of blocked drainage system as well as cutting of grasses which was evacuated to some designated refuse site dumps in the state. Speaking after the exercise, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Utility, Sanitation and Environment, Hon. Nathaniel Ikyur stressed the need for residents to be in the habit of keeping their environment clean without being force to do so as cleanliness he said was next to Godliness. He commended the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists for a partnership with his office to educate the public on the need to participate in the monthly sanitation as well as washing of hands before eating in order not to contact harmful diseases as the Ortom administration he said has do much in the area of sanitation since assumption of office. In his remarks, the Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Mr. Kajo Martins who led his colleagues for the exercise said the union decided to partner with government as a token of appreciation for what the present is doing in the environmental sector especially that one of their own, Mr. Nathaniel Ikyur was appointed by governor Ortom to head such an office. Meanwhile, a Mobile Sanitation Court has been established in the State to try violators of sanitation laws who are in the habit of either evading the exercise or dumping refuse on work ways or in drainages. Over fifty persons were arrested during last month's exercise. Follow us on twitter @aljazirahnewsng