The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar have been honoured as environmental health ambassadors for their immense contributions towards the growth of environmental health in Nigeria.
The honour was bestowed to the recipients in Abuja yesterday by the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) during the 6th induction ceremony for registered environmental health practitioners and environmental health service providers in Nigeria.
Also honoured as Ambassadors are the FCT minister, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello; minister of Environment, Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibril; minister of Health, Dr Isaac Adewole; Dr Olugbenga Olumida and the registrar/CEO of EHORECON, Dr Dominic Abonyi.
Governors of Nasarawa and Katsina States, Tanko Al-makura and Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari also received award as Ambassadors of environmental health.
The fourth republic Senator, Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida and Mr Augustine Ebisille were recognised as honorary fellows.
In his acceptance speech, the Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar thanked EHORECON for the honour bestowed on him, saying that the award would spur him for more works in the area of human and environmental health.
He noted that Bauchi State has surpassed the Abuja declaration on health which mandated African Union countries including Nigeria to allocate 15 per cent of their annual budget to improve the health sector.
Receiving the award, the governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-makura noted that Nasarawa State is passionate about environmental health by transforming the School of Environmental Health.
In his address, the registrar/CEO of EHORECON, Dr Dominic Abonyi noted that the council is prepared to launch comprehensive monitoring and evaluation activities aimed at streamlining and standardising corporate practice.
This he believed would enable the council to receive real time information on respective health services as well as provide the needed data for effective planning.
He was optimistic that professionals would comply with the provisions of the regulations even as he warned inductees that the council would not condone sharp practises, low quality of services or failure.