By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Residents of Ekiti State have been cautioned to stop treating issues relating to environmental hygiene with disdain in order to avert exponential increase in morbidity and mortality health indices in the state.
The Deputy Governor, Mrs Monisade Afuye, gave the warning at Usi -Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government area of Ekiti State, on Saturday, while monitoring the monthly environmental sanitation programme.
In the course of monitoring the exercise, the Deputy Governor visited Ikere, Ido/Osi , Isokan LCDA, Irepodun/Ifelodun, and Ado Local Government areas to monitor and enforce compliance in line with the Environmental Sanitation policy.
Afuye, in a statement by her Special Assistant on Media,Victor Ogunje, lamented the poor and lacklustre participation of people in the programme, specifically targeted at ensuring cleanliness and prevention of infectious diseases that can reduce life expectancy.
The Deputy Governor expressed displeasure at the low spirit and dispositions with which the people across the towns visited participated in the exercise, saying there was need for aggressive awareness and reorientation to forestall health hazard in Ekiti.
She said Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s administration would no longer tolerate anyone roaming the streets and selling goods during the environmental exercise, describing this as a flagrant contravention of the Environmental Law .
The Deputy Governor, also advised the leaderships of commercial drivers and motorcyclists to ensure that their members always comply with the rules and regulations guiding environmental sanitation.
“In all the towns and local governments visited, we saw farmers trekking to their farms and traders displaying their wares for business activities. Even, the drivers and motorcyclists were working at the parks, these are not supposed to be so.
“Available statistics by local and global organisations rated Ekiti as having the highest life expectancy in Nigeria and we shouldn’t compromise our health issues to reduce this good rating.
“We appeal to you to always comply, health is wealth. If you are in good health condition, you won’t be spending the monies meant for children’s school fees, building new houses and eat good food on health crisis.
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