The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Adamawa on Saturday flagged off a National Environmental Sanitation exercise, urging residents to embrace it for good hygiene and better health.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the programme was “Clean Environment/Good Hygiene: Panacea for Good Health and Long Life”.
Speaking during the exercise in Yola, Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur, NYSC Adamawa Coordinator, said that environmental sanitation had been recognised globally as one of the key requirements for prevention of diseases and their escalation to epidemic proportion.
The state’s NYSC Coordinator, represented by Assistant Director in charge of Corps Deployment and Relocation, Mr Manzo Tal, charged the residents to ensure regular sanitation to promote good hygiene.
According to him, most of the ailments diagnosed and treated during the recent medical outreach for rural dwellers are as a result of poor hygiene.
“Therefore, efforts must be made to save many more lives by empowering the people with adequate information on good grooming and environmental hygiene,” he said.
Alhaji Shuaibu Audu, Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources Development, Adamawa, commended NYSC for the exercise and urged the relevant stakeholders to contribute their own part.
Audu, who was represented by Mr Eskwaya Danfulani, Director, Environmental Health and Sanitation, Adamawa, said that the exercise would reduce a lot of communicable diseases and promote good hygiene.
In his remarks, the District Head of Jimeta metropolitan, Baba Paris, also appreciated the effort of the NYSC Corps members in the state and country at large.
Paris, who was represented by Umaru Furo, Village Head of Alkalawa/Ajiya, urged the community to support and cooperate with the corps members for the success of the exercise.
He also tasked his subjects to ensure regular sanitation of their houses, streets and to ensure proper waste disposal at all the time for good hygiene.
NAN also reports that the clean up was carried out at the Jimeta Modern Market and some streets of Ajiya ward in Jimeta metropolitan.
Corps members were seen sweeping, clearing and cleaning the environment with brooms, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and containers as well as clearing drainage systems to ease flow of water.