By Prosper Okoye
The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has identified the NYSC nationwide environmental sanitation exercise as a way to promote good hygiene in the community.
Brig. Gen. Shuaibu who made this known at the recent flag-off of the 2021 NYSC, nationwide environmental sanitation exercise in Makurdi, the Benue State capital said they would instill into the consciousness of people the importance of good hygiene.
Represented by the NYSC Benue State Coordinator, Mr Abe Dankaro, he said, “the sanitation exercise which will be carried out quarterly will instill into the populace the health risks of poor hygiene, with particular focus on the prevention of contamination of food, water, and the entire environment.”
He added that the exercise will cause the citizenry to abide by the theme of this exercise tagged: “Clean Environment/Good Hygiene: Panacea For Good Health and Long Life”.
Recalling the success and findings of the ongoing NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, the DG, noted that, “chronic diarrhoea, scabies trachoma, ringworm, typhoid, malaria and other ailments diagnosed and treated, were as a result of poor hygiene.”
He therefore, advised the public to take responsibility of their environment, just as they did during the COVID-19 pandemic, and avoid all acts of indifference to anything that will be detrimental to public health and safety.
Speaking to The Voice, the Corps Liaison Officer (CLO), Miss Grace Baruwa, commended the Corps members for coming out for the exercise en masse, despite the rain. She further expressed her gratitude to the Makurdi Local Government Inspector, Mrs Comfort Hua and others NYSC staff for their vital role in ensuring that the exercise was a success.
The sanitation exercise involved the desilting of choked gutters, clearing of heap dumps, and cleaning of public places by Corps members in Wurukum, Yaman Park, Wadata Market, High Level, Railway Market and Nyiman.