The Kogi State Government says it has adopted a participatory approach towards getting its indigenes involved in cleanliness and environmental sanitation.
The State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, stated this when he received in audience, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Malam, who was represented by Mrs Funmilayo Oyeyipo.
Mrs Oyeyipo, who is the Team Leader of the NESD Organizing Committee, was in Kogi State to hold consultations, and deliberation plans towards the forthcoming commemoration of the National Environmental Sanitation Day 2014, which Kogi State has been selected to host.
In her speech, she described environmental sanitation as an essential factor contributing to the health of Nigerians, stating that Kogi State was selected to host the 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day in recognition of the proactive environmental protection policy of the Capt. Idris Wada-led administration.
While giving his key note address, the Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Idris Wada, revealed that Kogi State was in the process of procuring equipment to embrace refuse collection and disposal of waste in the state capital.
Awoniyi stated that the state never had a refuse dump since its creation but that the present administration has made beautification and sanitation a key component in its transformation agenda by establishing a refuse dump.
The Deputy Governor then asked for greater collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Environment, describing the visit by the ministry as a harbinger of better things to come in the sanitation of the state.