Kogi Government has solicited the co-operation of media organisations in the state to help in sensitising the people on the need to obey environmental sanitation laws.
The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lokoja.
According to Osikoya, the call is necessary because the media remains a critical stakeholder to the society and the ministry, adding that it also touches the life of everybody and affects people in several ways.
“We want the media to help educate and sensitise the people to know that all laws are to be respected and obeyed, and that environmental laws are important.
“If human activities are the reasons we are facing a lot of challenges, then we need to talk to human beings and not ghosts on the need to change their attitudes to life.
“One major way to achieve this is through the support of the media. That is why the media is very critical to us as a ministry,” she said
She said while the state government had of responsibility to provide facilities for the well being of the people, the people must obey the law.
The commissioner expressed the commitment of the state government to ensure the well being of the people through various environmental health programmes.
“Gov. Yahaya Bello inaugurated the monthly sanitation in May 2016, and it has been consistent.
“The location of Kogi is strategic, so by keeping Kogi clean, we are actually protecting the entire Nigeria. We thank everybody who has been cooperating with us.” According to her, the campaign and sensitisation have increased the consciousness of the people to the responsibility of keeping their environment clean for healthy living.