Former Special Adviser to the State Governor, Comrade Michael Abuo has faulted the governor’s Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation over it “imposed monthly sanitation” which he described as an “unsustainable environmental strategy” and an “uneconomic act” of government.
Michael made his reservations on a 10-paragraph expository christened: “Imposed Monthly Sanitation An Unsustainable Environmental Strategy and Uneconomic Act, My Recommendation”.
Below is the said expository:
Today in Cross River State’s Capital there was an imposed curfew to ensure that her citizens engage in sanitation acts across the state capital. While it provides instant awareness and ensure that an undocumented others participate in sanitary acts to keep their surroundings clean it is totally an unsustainable environmental strategy and totally uneconomical.
The said strategy of imposed curfew for sanitation purspose to ensure that our environment is cleaned isn’t new and ascribed to only Cross River State. As old as it is it is not only unsustainable but uneconomical and in this short piece I will xray why and advance better alternatives to ensure sustainable and economical environmental acts. To make this clear to light minds who may think that this article is targeted at demeaning or ridiculing some group of persons for their acts, it isn’t, it is meant to reshape our thought pattern and advance better alternatives for improved sanitation and hygiene.
Sanitation can be defined simply as the act of keeping our environment clean. This act includes but is not limited to cleaning our homes and surroundings of waste, properly disposing or burning wastes, clearing and draining of drinages of waste, debris and sand to ensure free flow of water and clearing of grasses and insect or animal hideouts close to living or working apartments/locations and mproved personal hygiene and sanitary acts .
Now in imposed “monthly” sanitation the government places a curfew within a period and there’s no/limited movement on major routes and it is expected that people are expected to perform sanitary acts as outlined above. Now who keeps his “house” dirty and cleans it once in a month? How many persons actually perform these sanitary acts?
On the prescribed day, the ratio in relation to the population of those who do is very low. Also most aspect of economics in developing countries is controlled by movement of persons and goods.Do we know how much is lost in time and revenue within the imposed restriction of movement of goods and services? Do a little math of the numbers of goods that would have been sold, the taxi men and how much he would have generated, banking transactions across ATMs halted and shops locked up that wouldn’t provide services etc. Take and assessment you will still realize that a greater portion of our environment still has sanitation issues which hasn’t been attended to.What then is the purpose?
In terms of recomendation for successful sanitation acts for sustainable environmental processes it is dependent on the citizens on one hand and government on the other.Here is why from a single perspective of waste generation and disposal, humans generally generate waste and generated wastes must be disposed by individuals and if it must be disposed there is need for provision of waste bins and trash cans which is to be provided by government and there’s need for the said bins and trash to be emptied either in landfills, incenartors or recycle plants.
If the citizens do not have place to dispose their waste because government did not provide one, they create one and most times they dispose it in drainages with the mindset that flowing water will wash the waste away, this has led to blockage of drainages and flooding and in another instance if there is no sufficient trash cans this too can happen and if there are trash cans as provided by government and it isn’t routinely emptied then there is air and environmental pollution from spilled waste and build up of germs and contamination leading to several communicable diseases too, this plays out too when wastes are disposed indiscriminately.
Therefore as seen in the above paragraph for proper sanitation government have got to provide sufficient trash cans in mapped out areas across the state for citizens to dispose their wastes and government and her agents should ensure that these generated wastes are disposed routinely and prevent indiscriminate waste disposal as currently carried out by the Green Sheriff but their reach and mandatw should be deepened.
The consciousness of the citizens must be awakened via indepth sensitization and awareness on the need for improved sanitary acts as individuals and as a community possibly on a weekly/rotational basis, this advocacy can and should be done in churches, schools, market places, social media, billboards TV and radio stations and government on the other hand must effectively play her role by providing the basics for improved waste disposal like provisions of enough waste bins and routinely disposing same, in the future differentiate wastes for recycling and processing into fertilizers and generation of biogas as well as imporved tree and grass planting and trimming, drainages are drained and it waste promptly disposed unlike incident seen when debris removed are piled by the roadsides besides drainages and sometimes washed back into these drains.
The above model when effectively implemented will ensure that sanitatary acts becomes a culture amongst the citizens and ensure a sustainable clean and green enivronment and economy for our state beyond rhetorics. It is doable and can and should be done.
Prince Michael Nku Abuo,JP
Director General, Cross River State Political Network,CRISPON
27th July, 2019