The Federal Ministry of Environment has purchased waste recycling plants?for Ekiti and Rivers states, Funke Babade, the Director of Pollution Control in the ministry said on Tuesday.
Babade said that the distribution of plants would also be extended to other states.
She, however, noted that environmental sanitation was the responsibility of not only the Federal Government but also that of the states and local governments.
According to her, the Federal Government’s focus in dealing with environmental sanitation was to act as a catalyst by pushing for its actualisation in the country.
“It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to act as a catalyst on issues of sanitation,” she said. “People are generally aware that sanitation is good for healthy environment and as such must be informed on how to be conscious of their environment.”
She said that Nigerians needed to be informed and that this could only be done by the government in the area of awareness creation.
“Nigeria is a large country where you need to create consciousness for everyone to be involved in sanitation issues. The responsibility is, therefore, more on states, local governments, NGOs and community leaders,” she said.
The director emphasised the need for relevant agencies like the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and the National Environmental Standards Regulations Enforcement Agencies (NESREA) to embark on environmental sensitisation.
She added that the reintroduction of War Against Indiscipline (WAI) would be made possible if Nigerians cultivated the habit of ensuring a clean environment.
Babade further?noted that the media also had a role to play in curbing environmental abusers in the society.
“The media must ensure that they also help in publishing the names of communities and the defaulters in the newspapers, on radio and on television.”
She noted that the Federal Government had a lot of ongoing projects which would be commissioned before the end of the year.
She, however, advised Nigerians to uphold good morals and cleanliness in the society, saying:?”health is wealth.”
“My campaign to Nigerians is to make sure that our surroundings are maintained as we maintain our bodies,” she said.
“If the environment is filthy, it will certainly breed diseases like malaria, cholera, dysentery and others.”