The head of department, environmental health and safety, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Mrs. Aishat Adebayo has said that daily sanitary inspection remains the best alternative to the monthly Federal Capital Territory (FCT) environmental sanitation exercise, recently scrapped.
Adebayo said this yesterday during an interaction with journalists at the boards headquarters in Abuja, yesterday.
She posited that the board’s former monthly environmental tactic did not yield the required result hence the need to employ a more dogged approach of daily sanitary inspection by the environmental health officers of the board.
She said that even though the board may not have enough sanitary inspectors to take on the city in one swoop, they would embark on a progressive and calculated sanitary inspection.
“We might not have enough staff to go round the city everywhere but I believe in having a progressive action. Starting with the clusters and multiple storey apartments in Zone 6 especially Bissau, we go from there round to Yaounde. I believe we will be able to conclude in one week and then we’ll move to other areas. It’s better to start and as we start the message will go round,” Adebayo said.
The deputy director called on residents to take responsibility of their environment to forestall health hazards or epidemic outbreak within their vicinity.
According to her, “When your environment is clean it’s for your own good. Take responsibility for your own environment because it will affect your health and that of your family and that is why it’s very important that we should be responsibly living within the city to carry out this assignment.”
She explained that an environmental sanitation department had been established in all the area councils to carry them along in the exercise.