Sanitation: Organization cleans up popular market in Kwara state

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

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As part of activities to mark this year’s World Environment Day in Kwara State, a Non-Governmental Organization in Nigeria, “PickThatTrash” has carried out clean up exercise at the popular Oja-Tuntun market in Ilorin, the state’s capital.

Members of the organisation who were supported by members of Unilorin One Health Initiative (UNILOSOHI) converged on the market as early as seven o’clock in the morning for the exercise which lasted for about two hours.

The Volunteers, in thier large number picked refuse and debris to a waiting truck provided by the Kwara State Ministry of Environment and Forestry while residents of the area took the advantage to dump their refuse free of charge in the truck.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the exercise, the State Team Leader of the NGO, Miss Baliqees Salaudeen said the exercise was carried out to ensure that the market is kept clean.

Miss Salaudeen advised market men and  women to ensure that they sell in a clean environment in order to encourage  people to patronize  them.

According to her, cleanness is the only way to have hygienic environment .

“We came out today to mark the World Environment Day tagged ‘Beat Air Pollution’ because we believe that every trash dropped contributes to air pollution. So, our people must imbibe the culture of proper waste disposal to safeguard our environment,” Miss Salaudeen added.

The Team Leader called on the citizens to always engage in regular sanitation to have good healthy living.

Miss Salaudeen also called on government to provide facilities for proper waste disposal for the residents to prevent degradation of the environment.

Also speaking, Miss Lateefat Abdulkareem of Unilorin One Health Initiative who  sensitized market men and women on hygienic living and hazards of air pollution harped on the need to take cleaning of the environment seriously.

She said a number of diseases could be averted if the public, particularly sellers of food items imbibe good hygiene.

The 500 level students of the University of Ilorin called on relevant authorities government to provide trash baskets in public areas and play a key role in curbing the menace of communicable diseases in the country.

Miss Abdulkareem who admitted that governments alone cannot shoulder all the responsibilities of sanitising the state for a clean environment appealed with  corporate organisations to partner in guaranteeing good environmental sustainability.

Peace PIAK