Kogi State’s Sanitation Crisis: A Race Against Time to Save the Environment-CHRCR

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Sanitation Crisis: Kogi State Calls for Urgent Action

The state of sanitation in Kogi State has reached a critical level, prompting calls for urgent action from the government. With an influx of vehicles and a lack of proper waste management, the state is facing numerous environmental challenges that need to be addressed immediately. The Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) is urging the government to review the current sanitation policy to better reflect the challenges faced in the state.

Lokoja, the state headquarters, is particularly affected by the lack of proper sanitation, with unkept markets and motor parks causing concern. Additionally, there seems to be a lack of coordination between the Sanitation Board and the company responsible for cleaning Lokoja. Government vehicles are being used by private companies engaged to clean the city, raising questions about the oversight of sanitation efforts.

The lack of access to clean water is also a pressing issue, despite the proximity of rivers Nija and Benue. Open defecation has become widespread, with refuse scattered across the town and unkept dump sites exacerbating the problem.

CHRCR is calling for a state of emergency on water and sanitation in Kogi State, as well as specific dates for cleaning markets and motor parks. They recommend a stakeholders conference to generate ideas on how to improve the sanitation sector in the state.

The situation in Kogi State demands immediate attention, and the government is being urged to take concrete steps to address the sanitation crisis and improve the overall environment for its citizens.

Idris Miliki Abdul,
Executive Director,
Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR)

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