The National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the Ecological Fund Office (EFO) of the Presidency are currently working out strategies to mitigate flood impact in the country as the Agency’s “Do the Right Thing: Avoid Dirt, Be Clean” gathers steam.
These collaborative efforts were disclosed when Director-General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri visited the Permanent Secretary, EFO, Engr. Goni Sheikh in Abuja.
The NOA had developed an initiative based on Public Private Partnership (PPP) in response to recurring flooding with its attendant impact to promote a new set of eco-friendly behaviors in reversing the trend.
Speaking at the presentation, the NOA boss decried the attitude of Nigerians towards solid waste disposal while seeking the support of Ecological Fund for the initiative, adding that the aim was to synergize strategies and “carry same message to Nigerians so as to build a resilient environment against floods.”
Omeri said: “We want to imbibe in Nigerians 21st century eco-friendly attitude. We want to work with communities on how to achieve proper and acceptable solid waste management. We hope to achieve this through sustained community education, orientation and sensitization.”
On his part, the Perm Sec (EFO), Engr. Sheikh commended the Agency for the initiative while promising that his office would partner with the NOA, just as he canvassed for “optimal” utilization of solid waste recycling method. He however blamed blocked water ways on the attitude of Nigerians in handling of solid waste.
“NOA should be commended for this initiative. We should increase solid waste recycling. The level of waste generation and evacuation should correspond to avoid environmental hazard and flood.”
The NOA has remained a major stakeholder in evolving new solid waste disposal behaviors to mitigate the effects of flood across the country. This particular initiative had of recent received National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)’s nod and that of some state governments’.