Ogun State has joined other nations of the world to celebrate the 2018 World Environmental Health Day, with the theme, “Global Food Safety and Sustainability’’, reiterating its resolve to boost food security through increase in agriculture production.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, during a sensitization programme for primary school pupils in Abeokuta, to commemorate the day, said the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration had worked assiduously to ensure food sufficiency for the people, adding that his Ministry also monitored food handlers across the state to ensure that the food were safe for consumption.
Oyeleye, who was represented by the Director, Environmental Health and Management, Mr. Buri Jokosenumi, said the Water and Environmental Sanitation departments of the Local Councils and Local Government Development Areas, are working seamlessly to promote personal and food hygiene among residents of the State.
The Commissioner said this year’s celebration focused on primary schools, in order to instil on the pupils, best environmental practices and prepare them for an environment-conscious future, from their formative age, noting that although food is essential to life but could be detrimental to the health, if not properly handled.
‘’Food is essential to life and it is needed daily. We need to educate our people from their young age, so that they know about, not just their personal hygiene but also food hygiene. That is why we as government, are always looking at sensitizing our children because they are the leaders of tomorrow’’, he said.
Responding, the Deputy Head Teacher, St. James’ African Church Primary School, Abeokuta, Mrs. Yemisi Odogbola, advised parents to play their part by regularly train their wards on food handling, as well as personal hygiene, commending government for deeming it fit to reach out to the pupils in this year’s celebration.