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Environmental health officers decry shortage of manpower in Anambra

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AWKA – Mr Moses Abadom, the President of the Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria in Anambra , has appealed to the state government to employ more people to work as sanitary officers in the state.
Abadom made the call in Awka on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the activities lined up for the Environmental Health Week in the state.
The president said that there were about 150 environmental workers currently in the state, adding that the number was inadequate to achieve the desired goal of a clean Anambra by the Obiano administration.
“More than half of us are on the verge of retirement while more than 210 qualified officers in the state are unemployed.
 “We are calling on Gov. Obiano to recruit these younger people who will join us in the sanitation, so as to cover the 177 communities in the state.”
Abadom also urged the governor to provide more equipment for the sector.
He said that the body was planning to charge some abattoir management in the state to court for constituting a nuisance to the environment.
“We cannot achieve all these without surmounting some challenges facing us in this state,” he said.
On the Environmental Week, the president said it would feature a novelty match between the health officers and members of the NUJ, a symposium, environmental health inspection and sensitisation, among others.(NAN)