By Seun Adams
The newly inaugurated Environmental Health Council’s (EHCON) Chairman Honorable Tonye Longjohn, has advised the management and staff of the Council to be more dedicated to their duty.
He made this assertion while addressing the top management and staff of the Council on Thursday after the inauguration of the board of agencies by the Minister of Environment, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi with other members of the Board in attendance at the Council’s office in Abuja.
According to the Chairman “President Buhari, would not be happy with us if he finds out that we are defaulting on discharging our duties, that would not be nice” adding that “there would not be room for truancy, please , if you have subordinates that are truants, please tell them that the days of truancy are gone.”
The Chairman, however assured the staff that they were not there to disturb anyone from carrying out his/her work because, they are all brothers and sisters. He informed the staff that whatever benefit is due to them, shall be made available to them as at when due either promotion or welfare, he posted.
On his part, the Registrar EHCON, Dr. Yakubu Mohammed Baba, who was represented by his Senior Technical Adviser (STA) and a Director, Registration, Ethics and Standard in the Agency Dr. Isah Adamu, praised Mr. President for appointing a board for the Council after many years, he however, went back to memory lane on numerous achievements the Council had recorded since the appointment of the Registrar Dr. Yakubu Mohammed Baba two years ago.
Speaking further, the Director, Registration, Ethics and Standard Dr. Isah Adamu, who stood in for the Registrar posited that the Council was established in 2002 by an Act of Parliament and was known and called Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) but now that the Act has been amended by the President, the Council is now known and addressed as the Environmental Health Council of Nigeria (EHCON).
According to the Director, the practice of EHCON is segmented into two, one is for individual practitioners and the other is the companies’ service providers, adding that, the sanitary inspection of Premises, Cleaning Services, Public health officers and sewage collection, the Council ensures Registration and Regulations are done in administrative way at the headquarters.
Adamu, however, on behalf of the Council promised the Chairman and other members of the Board that the Council is ready to give full support and maximum cooperation to the Board in order to discharge their duties creditably.
Those present at the meetings were the top management and staff of the Council.
Signed: Kehinde A. Openibo
Director, Public Affairs (EHCON).