By Soni Daniel & Edoamaowo Udeme
The Japanese Government has given a major boost to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board to be able to provide effective waste disposal and management in the capital city of Nigeria.
As part of the collaboration with the AEPB, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, JICA, has established two pilot sanitation and waste disposal schemes at the Maitama General Hospital and the Police Quarters at LifeCamp, all in the FCT with a view to providing a congenial living condition for the residents.
Speaking while conducting journalists round the two project sites, the JICA Representative in Nigeria Mr Hirotaka Nakamura, said that the sanitation scheme was aimed at providing continuous quality improvement in the health sector of Nigeria.
Nakamura said: “The introduction of the 5S-KAIZEN, a Japanese word meaning change for the better and Total Quality Management (TQM) serves as a tool for continuous quality improvement in the health sector and further strengthen bilateral ties between Nigeria and Japan.
“Our overall aim is in keeping with the Japanese ‘5S KAIZEN’ which means to sort, set, shine, standardize and sustain.
“Japan through JICA will continue to explore possible areas of assisting Nigeria to achieve sustainable development and health care delivery for its people in line with our mutual cooperation status,” he said.
The Director of the AEPB, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun, who was represented by Mr Muktar Ibrahim, explained that the partnership between the JICA and the AEPB is basically for the preservation and conservation of the FCT environment so as to ensure better health and sustainable development for the Abuja residents.
The AEPB Director said, “JICA’s integrated solid waste management project focuses on prevention, composting, recycling and disposal of waste in such a way as to protect human health and its environment, which clearly explains why the Blue Bin programme was introduced”.
He pointed out that the Blue Bin project is designed to promote and achieve the target of reducing, reusing and recycling waste in the FCT.
At the Maitama General Hospital, the Medical Director, Dr Adetoun Sotimiehin confessed that the introduction of the improved sanitary and waste disposal project by JICA in the hospital had led to a large patronage by Nigerians in recent years and resulting in its emergence as the best hospital in the FCT.