By Jovitta Iorshase
National Orientation Agency has formed a partnership with the Benue State Environmental Sanitation Authority (BenSESA) to further improve on the current sanitation challenges confronting the state.
The State Director, NOA, Audu Bitrus Idoko revealed this during a courtesy call, on the General Manager, Benue State Environmental Sanitation Authority (BenSESA) on Thursday at his office.
Mr. Idoko explained that, the sanitary condition of the state can be improved, when BenSESA and other collaborative Agencies provide mobile sanitation services to the people, replace use of force on the people with dialogue, intensive enlightenment on sanitation matters and privatise refuse collection.
“We wish to collaborate by creating more enlightenment of waste management to the people through, community, religious, market heads, National Union of Road Transport among others.
Also, youths and women will be mobilized to collect polythene bags in exchange for money to enable us kick off polythene waste from the state, and we will also involve our Wild Brigades in your monthly Sanitation for house to house monitoring,” he explained.
He further suggested that, restriction of movement on sanitation days be abolished and replaced with house to house monitoring and booking of defaulting household heads as revenue.
Responding, the General Manager, BenSESA, Mr. Martin Tseuma appreciated NOA for choosing to partner BenSESA to address some of the environmental gaps in the state.
He noted that, shortage of staff in the local government areas, lack of approved well equipped dump sites within and outside Makurdi, limited funds, and insufficient operational vehicles among others were some of the challenges hindering the maximal productivity of the Authority.
“Although the Commissioner, Hon. Ugwu Ode, who oversees the affairs of the Authority has been extremely supportive, even at personal level, the four proposed dump sites in Makurdi are yet to be accessed because compensation has not be made to the host communities. So, these among other issues are crippling our productive,” he noted.
Also speaking, the Desk Officer, Public Health, BenSESA, Mr. Ibuh Terkula stressed that, the issues of dump sites and booking must be handled carefully so that real defaulters can be identified as the purpose was to encourage sanitation compliance not to witch hunt. He applauded NOA’s initiative and promised to align with the vision to make Benue clean.