The chief executive officer of Mary-Elika Foundation, Dr. Mary Manzo has disclosed her readiness to launch a campaign against open defecation in Gwarinpa community alongside students, lamenting the prevalence of open defecation in Junior Secondary School (JSS) Gwarinpa 1.
She stated this in Abuja during the Eco-club talent exhibition day, an environmental enlightenment campaign programme initiated by the foundation for students.
Manzo pointed out that the school environment is located in an unfavourable and unhealthy area given the level of open defecation in the locality.
She said that the essence of the talent day was to enlighten students on harmful environmental practises ravaging the country due to negligence by government institutions charged with the responsibilities of formulating policies towards environmental sustainability.
Manzo noted that the foundation had earlier worked with different junior secondary schools in Abuja to groom young environmental advocates that would enhance environmental awareness in the future.
The CEO maintained that the event was not a competition but an avenue for spreading the environmental gospel across Nigeria.
Manzo described the talent day as an educational and enlightenment programme targeted at disseminating information to Nigerians both in public and private sectors on the need for effective implementation of environmental laws and statutes to avert ugly scenarios of environmental sharp practises.
According to her, “If the message passed from this environmental campaign programme gets to the right frontiers, it will be given more serious attention due to the voices of the young school children crying out as advocates of the environment”.
Manzo appreciated the participating schools for their timeless efforts adding that the talent day would take place three times in a year.
She urged the schools to work harder adding that there is always room for improvement.
About six junior secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) such as JSS Tudun Wada; JSS Jabi; JSS Gwarinpa 1; JSS Wuse Zone 3; Government Secondary School Garki Area 10 and GSS Garki Area 11 showcased their music, drama and poetry during the talent day.
They made presentation on topics such as ‘improper and best waste disposal practices’; ‘open defecation within school environment and the community at large its resultant effect on man’s health and eco-tourism’; ‘water shortages and its consequences on lives in our communities’; ‘desertification as a man-made environmental issue and its resultant consequences’ as well as ‘the fun side of recycling and how it encourages students to participate in the recycling process’.
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