Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede has called on governors and local government chairmen to ensure adequate budgetary allocations for environmental sanitation.
This was contained in a press statement issued to commemorate National Environmental Sanitation Day, NESD, held in Imo state.
Mede said that addressing sanitation and hygiene were necessary and worthwhile investment for government at every level in the country, noting that for every N100 spent improving sanitation and hygiene, between N300 and N400 is saved.
She said the money saved in improving sanitation could be channeled or invested in health, education, social and economic development.
Mede who pointed out that last year’s NESD was held in Lokoja, Kogi State Capital, said the Ministry was replicating it in Owerri, Imo state capital because of the firm belief of the Federal Government to collaborate with the states and local government in eradicating the scourge of insanitary environmental condition and its attendant problems in a participative approach.
She said that government agenda for eradication of hunger, illiteracy and disease, economic empowerment, sustainable growth and development would be greatly undermined without effective and efficient frameworks for tackling the myriads of environmental sanitation problems confronting the country.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that national environmental sanitation Day was instituted by the federal government in 2005 with the objectives to institutionalize sound environmental sanitation practices amongst the populace through sustained awareness creation and reward for innovative best practices in environmental sanitation.

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