From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

The Niger State Government in collaboration with Zoom Lion Acra Ghana has vowed to use the waste management to create jobs for over ten thousands youth across the state, Nigeria.

The state Commissioner of Environment, Bar.  Mohammed Zakari who made the submission while briefing journalists shortly after an Executive Council meeting, said, “This will be done by planting recycling plant in state to reproduce waste into useful items such as plastic, rubber, etc.”

Zakari who blamed most of diseases affecting the society largely on the environment they lives, suggested that, if the environment was sanitize it would reduce chances of diseases in the area, including Lassa fever, coroner virus Ebola among others.

According to him, the state was already collaborating with Zoom Lion Company in Accra Ghana to recycling waste into useful items such organic manure and bathroom slippers among others.

He was optimistic that 10,000 tricycles would be made available for the exercise to be mounted by two persons as one person is driving, the other person will be loading the precious wastes.

This according to him would not only be a source of employment opportunity, but also source of revenue generation to the state.

“By the time this waste become a source of income, people will be hiding their waste to sale it out” hesaid.

Zakari maintained that the monthly sanitation would be brought back to ensure Niger State is clean and away from any possible disease outbreak

“The usual monthly sanitation will be resuscitate starting from this Saturday and from now henceforth, every last Saturday of every month will be observe as sanitation day” he stressed.

On his part, the Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr. Muhammad Makun Sidi has declared that there was no Lassa fever report in Niger State as rumored in some quarters.

Dr. Sidi stated that the state government has been on the alert for any emergency as sensitization was ongoing on its awareness in all nooks and crannies of the state. He noted that disease surveillance centres were in place with free drugs for treatment and prevention of the disease.

He disclosed that no fewer than 500 dozens and 200 dozens of preventive and treatment drugs have been procured, adding that the state was in touch with the National Decease Control Center for any eventuality.

The Commissioner further revealed that a review of midterm process between the Niger State and Bill Melinda Gate 4 years MOU to the sum of N1.3 billion for funding and technical assistance to mitigate maternal, infant mortality and revitalization of  PHC in the state.

He hinted that Niger State was currently rated first in the North Central and third in Nigeria indices just as the state has paid all its counterpart funds with Bill Melinda Gate who signed the MOU in October 10, 2017 while waiting for their counter payment for the programme.

He stated that the state was on the right path of making health facilities affordable and accessible to all citizens through the Ministry’s annual operational plan of Strategic Development Plan of the state.



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