By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Stakeholders in the environmental sector have brainstormed on how to improve, promote sound environmental sanitation practices in Nigeria.
The experts were gathered at a two days workshop on the review of National Environmental Sanitation Policy, Guidelines and Action Plan organized by the federal ministry of environment, yesterday in Abuja.
Declaring the workshop open, the Permanent Secretary , Federal Ministry of Environment Aliboh Leon who was represented by the Director Pollination and Control Charles Ekia said it is very important to critique the draft revised and updated National Sanitation Policy, the policy which was adopted as a sectoral approach is to addressing the sanitation challenges in the country.
Lenon stated that “this policy identifies various setting such as homes, schools ,markets ,abattoirs and sanitation needs of these sectors includes: excreta disposal, solid waste management ,pest and vector control, food sanitation and hygiene education in a holistic manner.”
He further explained that, the National Action Plan provides the operational frame work for implementation. ‘’it enunciate strategies, programme, time bound activities and also assigns roles and responsibilities to the different tiers of government and other relevant stakeholders,’ he said.
He however, maintained that the policy, guidelines and action plan are now 13 years old, with the advent of new sanitation technologies, innovations, emerging sanitation issues and challenges in implantation of the 2005 document at this present age and time necessitated the call for review NSE.
Consequently, the Perm Sec. expressed that the 2005 policy document is still important noting that, this update and review is the main reason for the workshop.
“It is my fervent believe that without an effective and effective frame work for tackling the myriad of environmental sanitation challenges we are facing the country, the sustained development goals would be greatly undermined.”
Earlier, in his welcoming addressed Director Pollination Control and Environmental Health of the federal ministry environment, Sir.
Theodore Nwaokwe said the Inter –Ministerial Committee Member on NSE, states ministries of environment and relevant, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) have submitted their comments and contributions which enabled the consultant develop the current draft revised policy for your consideration.
Nwaokwe emphasised that “in order to produce quality and valuable document, the ministry solicits for your understanding and cooperation.”