BY OSOLOKA NNAMDI in Awka•
A member representing Idemili North/South federal constituency in the national assembly, Hon. Obinna Chidoka has charged members of the constituency to guard against environmental pollutions.
In his remarks on Wednesday at a one-day training/sensitisation empowerment programme tagged: “Community Sanitation Modelling Awareness Campaign sponsored by him at Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state, Chidoka noted that all hands much be on deck to ensure that such contagious diseases as Lassa Fever and Ebola Virus do not break out in any part of the area.
Chidoka who is the chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Habitat, disclosed that he lobbied so much at the national assembly to obtain an approval for the sanitation awareness campaign training programme before sponsored the transportation costs of the Environment Health Officers from the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, EHORECON, Abuja who came to Obosi and conducted this lectures.
“We must remain healthy to be wealthy because most of the floodings and environmental degradations we find within our environment are man-made and majority are doing that ignorantly.
“So, the essence of this training programme is to educate the populace accordingly so that we shall all be free from contagious diseases,” he said.
He further disclosed that he drew the trainees numbering about 120 from both Idemili North and South council areas that made up his constituency to learn the new model of keeping our environments clean so that they will now go back to their various communities within the constituency to enlighten others about the need to carry out good environmental practices at all times.
He also noted that he had sponsored more than six bills at the national assembly since 2015 when he became a member of the House, one of which is a bill seeking to establish an independent commission that would be in-charge of ecological disaster funds, adding that when established, the ecological disaster funds would now be in the commission’s custody and no longer in the custody of the state governors, rather the governors could assess the funds from the commission when the need arises.
In their separate lectures, the Head of Department, HoD in-charge of Registration, Ethics, Standard and Enforcement in the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, EHORECON, Abuja, Mr. Andy Ukah who represented the Registrar, Dominic Abonyi and Isaiah Abonyi, an environmental health officer and lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, respectively, advised the public to eschew anything capable of attracting air and water borne diseases.
Both also urged the public to always wash their hands thoroughly and ensure a modern toilet system and maintain a clean and healthy environments at all times to avoid contamination of contagious diseases which could in turn, cause an outbreak of Lassa Fever or others diseases.