Prince Ene Owoh, the National Coordinator Clean-Up Nigeria (CUN), says deterioration and steady decline of the health of sanitation workers in the country has increased by 75 per cent.
Owoh said this at the presentation of the State of Nation’s cleanliness performance rating index for all states, capitals, cities and geo-political zones of Nigeria for 2018 on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that the rating was carried out by a-15 man National Technical Working Committee for the Conference of Green Crystal Awards (GCA) in pursuant to the silver jubilee celebration of Clean-Up Nigeria.
“The sanitation and hygiene practices of the people in over 33 states and the FCT still leaves much to be desired and this calls for serious management on the part of government, individuals and groups.
“There has been prevalence of sanitation related diseases ranging from 20 to 35 different diseases in Nigeria and today there is steady decline in the procurement of sanitation management equipment.’’
Owoh said that the performance indicators and the results of the report also showed that over 175 million Nigerians leave in unclean environment.
According to the report presented, funding by state and local government councils are inadequate and amounts to nothing in comparison with the work at hand.
“The condition and wages of sanitation workers should be improved and medical allowances give for their regular health check-ups at least twice yearly.
“And government should tackle the dangers of open defecation by building more public toilets and baths nationwide.
“Additional emphasis should be given to the informal sectors engaged in waste recycling and reuse enterprise as a means of generating employment.
Owoh however called on government at all levels to set-up and enforce the regular clean-up of drains with renewed energy as 93 per cent of the states had seriously neglected the cleaning of gutters and drainages and vegetation control.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nation’s Performance Rating Index report adjudged Akwa Ibom winner being the cleanest state for 2018, while Abuja and Cross-River state came second and third respectively.
NAN reports that the performance indicators used include street cleanliness, vegetation and drain control, waste management services, public opinion, knowledge, attitude and practice of hygiene and sanitation of the people