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PEPSA launches drainage distillation campaign, urges responsible disposal

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PEPSA launches drainage distillation campaign, urges responsible disposal

The Plateau Environment Protection and Sanitation Agency (PEPSA), has commenced its annual waterway distillation in Jos-Bukuru metropolis to address drainage blockages and safeguard public health ahead of the rainy season.
During the kick-off event, PEPSA’s Director, Dapiya, stressed the crucial role of unobstructed drainage systems in averting floods and curtailing the spread of diseases.
“These blocked drains not only hinder the smooth flow of water, leading to potential flooding, but also serve as breeding grounds for vectors and rodents, posing significant health risks to humans,” Dapiya emphasized.

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He stressed that the main goal of the campaign is to create a cleaner and healthier environment for the community. “This campaign is not just about preventing floods by ensuring water flows freely; it’s also about safeguarding public health,” Dapiya stated.
Dapiya praised the agency’s dedicated team of 120 staff members and volunteer youths from various communities who will be working on cleaning approximately 115 kilometers of drainage systems across the state as their involvement is seen as crucial to the success of the cleaning initiative
“The main objective of the campaign is to improve the community’s health and environment. With the help of over 120 staff members and volunteer youths, PEPSA is committed to making a positive impact on public health and the environment,” he added.

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Dapiya urged the public to stop throwing waste into drains and instead use designated waste disposal sites, stressing the harmful consequences of improper waste disposal on society. He also praised Governor of Plateau State, Barr.Caleb Manesseh Mutfwang for supporting efforts to promote environmental sustainability.
The event also witnessed commendations from Mr. Appiah Jude, the North Central Zonal Director of the National Environment Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA). He underscored the environmental impact of indiscriminate waste disposal and stressed the importance of awareness and cooperation in effectively addressing environmental challenges.
“Environmental issues are not selective; they affect each and every one of us. It is imperative that we engage in robust awareness campaigns to ensure that everyone understands their role in preserving our environment,” Appiah remarked.
Meanwhile, Arch Hart Bankat, General Manager of the Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB), emphasized the significance of community responsibility in maintaining clean drainages. “Government efforts should be complemented by individual actions,” he remarked, urging residents to take ownership of the initiative.
In her remarks, Naomi Longlam, Director of Waste at PEPSA, emphasized the need for collective action to minimize waste and ensure a healthy living environment. She underscored the link between clean drainage systems and the prevention of diseases such as cholera and dysentery.
Senior Pastor of ECWA Goodnews Church Jos, Ajang Bitrus, commended PEPSA for their efforts in clearing the church’s drains and pledged the church’s commitment to maintaining clean and waste-free drains. “We will own the project of ensuring that our drains are always clean and void of refuse,” Bitrus affirmed.

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