The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Exploration and Production and Natural Oilfield Services Limited, on Wednesday, began a sanitation and hygiene drive at the Iko Town Hall in the Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The exercise was to educate community women on the importance of cleanliness in public spaces, especially in the Niger Delta region, a statement said on Wednesday.
Over 500 women from 27 communities (urban and riverine areas) of the LGA actively participated in an educational session on sanitation and hygiene best practices, according to the statement.
It partly read, “Proper sanitation and hygiene create a disease-free environment. Healthy communities thrive in all aspects of life hence the need to raise awareness becomes crucial.
“Public health is highly essential to the welfare of people. Clean surroundings and safe water uplift communities and ensure that their basic needs are met.
“NNPC E&P and NOSL believe that creating a clean environment is key to fostering sustainable development in host communities and enhancing the quality of life.”
Cleaning supplies were distributed to the participants at the event which was attended by the Executive Chairman of the LGA, Abraham Odion; the Executive Secretary of Health Insurance Agency, Dr Igbemi Arthur; and the Paramount Ruler of Eastern Obolo, HRM Ubong EtetorIlile (IX).
Speaking, Odion noted that women formed an integral part of the community.
Speaking, Odion noted that women form an integral part of the community, adding that informing them about sanitation and hygiene will help prevent diseases, leading to better health for everyone in the community.
Also, the Group Captain, Base Manager, NOSL, Etete Ekpo (retd.), said, “Empowering women through the sanitation and hygiene programme is a pathway towards a cleaner and healthier future.”