A recent report released by Clean Up Nigeria (CUN), a non-governmental body has revealed about 170 million Nigerians are living in an unclean environment which is dangerous to the health.
The report voted Akwa-Ibom the cleanest state while Kogi was voted the dirtiest state in Nigeria.
The report which covered October 2017 and October 2018 revealed the high level of degradation of the environment; this prompted the agency to issue a proclamation of a national emergency on waste management in the country.
The National Coordinator of Clean up Nigeria, Prince Ene Baba Owoh while speaking in Abuja revealed only three states in the country scored above 50 percent using the CUN index. He said further that the gory state of the environment could be linked with 30-35 of the different sanitation-related disease affecting the country.
Akwa Ibom took the cleanest state position, followed by Cross River and the Federal Capital Territory. Uyo Abuja and Calabar scored highest in the state capital category.
The states that fared worse were Kogi, Osun, and Nasarawa in the state category.
Prince Owoh called for an increase in knowledge, Attitude, and Practices (KAP)in order to reduce open defecation and other practices that could harm the environment, this, he said will enable the country to meet up with the 2025 Millennium Development Goals target.
Performance indicators used for the study are street/road cleanliness (25%),Vegetation/drainage control (15%), waste management services (30%),Public Opinion (POP)+ Social Media (20%), KAP (10%).
Clean Up the World, Australia and International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICELE) Canada funded the study