Improper waste disposal is dangerous for health and environment, group tells Ekiti residents

Triple Green Ecosystem Development (TGED) Executive Director, Oluwaseyi Ebenezer, has urged people in Ekiti State to embrace the culture of proper waste disposal, saying indiscriminate dumping is a plus great danger to health and the environment.

Ebenezer spoke this weekend in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, during a sanitation exercise organized by TGED in conjunction with the State Waste Management Board. Ekiti as part of activities commemorating World Cleanup Day 2022.

According to her, “I want to advise our people to be aware of how they dispose of litter, during the walking exercise we found out how litter is dumped on the main roads, it’s not too good for our environment and our health.

“Dumping waste on the roads can lead to health and environmental risks for us as individuals, it is necessary that we be respectful of our environment, it is a collective effort.

“The flooding we had recently in some communities in Ekiti was due to people’s nonchalant attitude and indiscriminate waste disposal, and caused all this degradation of our environment.

“Residents of Ekiti need to be aware of their environment and consider it part of their livelihood to ensure their environment is safe, green and clean for everyone to live in.”

State waste management board chief executive Ayoola Oselusi, who has disapproved of the increase in indiscriminate dumping of waste by the public, warned that anyone caught dumping waste on roads or sewers would face the wrath of the law.

In addition, Dr Abayomi Ibrahim from the Ministry of Health praised the leading environmental group for organizing the cleanup, adding that “it is our collective responsibility to ensure that our environment is clean and safe so that we lived there”.

TGED members and other stakeholders such as National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Agency (NESRA), Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) and state Department of Environmental Health officials moved around the state capitol picking up litter and cleaning up the environment.