Senator Balogun insists on hygienic environment

Senator, representing Ibadan South Senatorial District, Kola Balogun says a clean environment is key to national economic growth.

Senator Balogun stated while speaking at the public hearing on a Bill on open urination and open defection in Abuja on Monday.

In a statement made available to The by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Dapo Falade, he noted that the unending act of open defecation and open urination was antithetical to the quest to have a clean environment.

“Cleanliness, they say is next to Godliness. Not only that, cleanliness is also what you need as a nation to grow your economy and to attract foreign investment because your environment is the first thing they would notice on arrival in your country,” he said.

The Senator lamented that, in spite of several interventions and existence of several government agencies, the country is still witnessing increasing cases of open defecation and open urination.

He called for an increased efforts on the part of the government at all levels and other stakeholder to ensure a total eradication of, or reduction to the barest minimum, cases of open defecation and open urination as a measure to have a clean environment for the economy to thrive.

“In spite of all the functions of the agencies, we want to know why the country is still where we are in terms of open defecation and open urination.

“We should try, as a government, to suspend duplication of efforts in all our sectors. At the same time, when you look at a particular direction that has agencies that are functioning, yet we are not getting the desired results,” he regretted.

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Balogun added, “So, any other additional effort, to my mind, may not be a misplaced position of government. With all that we have on ground, why do we still have environmental issues in our country?

“Our desire is for an economy that will give the best to the people of this country, if we have what it takes. You keep saying we have what it takes. What would it take to give us the desired result?

“Each year, year-in, year out, you come to the National Assembly, seeking approval for your budgetary provision. Why have you not make this particular aspect a priority in your budget request?

“This is because we sit back here and listen to you tell us we have what it takes and yet we are not getting the desired result. We are not convinced from this side of the aisle,” he said.

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