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ASESCO mounts sanitation campaign



WORRIED by the deplorable public attitude towards proper management of waste materials, the Anambra State Environmental Students Campaign Organization (ASESCO) has launched an intensive grassroots awareness programme to cover all the 179 communities in the state.

  The President   of ASESCO, Comrade Tochukwu  Godswill, made this known to the press and explained that the initiative was prompted by the urgent need to complement government’s efforts in maintaining environmental sanitation.

  Comrade Tochukwu wondered why people indulge in the habit of abusing their immediate surrounding by indiscriminate felling of trees, littering, obstruction of drainage systems with structures and other forms of human activities that endanger the environment often resulting in avoidable disasters.

    He said that ASESCO, being a joint campus movement and platform for Anambra students, would carry out public enlightenment exercise meant to arouse the attention and involvement of the populace in taking care of their habitat, “since government alone cannot do everything for the people.”

    In tandem with the motto of the organisation, “We pledge to save the environment,” Comrade Tochukwu expatiated that the planned campaign would cover all markets, shops, motor parks and other public places around the state to spread the message of good environmental tardiness which remains the best way of promoting health living of the masses.

  He disclosed that already, ASESCO had begun the inauguration of special directorate of environmental matters in tertiary institutions around the state with coordinators under a pilot scheme that would be replicated in other states throughout the country, in due course.

    The campaign will also be extended to both primary and post-primary schools with the formation of sanitation clubs, the ASESCO spokesman further hinted.

  He urged the state government’s agencies handling waste management to provide enough refuse bins and receptors at strategic points in both urban and rural territories of the state to encourage proper disposal of rubbish by the people to curtail indiscriminate littering of waste which eventually block the existing drainage systems resulting in flood disasters.

    Said he: “ASESCO has come to redress the present ugly situation and restore lost hopes by changing the bad public attitude towards hygienic ways of living,” stressing that the group would also work in synergy with the Ministry of Environment, Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA) National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and other relevant bodies and individuals purely on voluntary basis in pursuit of its objectives. 

 Comrade Tochukwu finally appealed for the support of the government, public-spirited corporate bodies and philanthropic individuals to support ASESCO for the successful execution of its planned public awareness campaign and other activities lined up by the non-governmental organization in the general interest of the state and nation at large.

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