Women engineers clean markets, drains

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On Saturday, the Association of the Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter, commenced the cleaning of Darosha Market and drainage systems in Agege, Lagos.

Atinuke Owolabi, the Chairman, of APWEN, Lagos State Chapter,  stated that the initiative was aimed at promoting the World Water Day and Sanitation.

The News reporters of Nigeria said  Atinuke, stated that the exercise was also in partnership with the office of Drainage Services, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.

March 22, was designated by the United Nations as World Water Day to highlight the importance of freshwater.

The day is used to advance the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The theme of the 2024 World Water Day is: “Water for peace.”

Owolabi noted that the initiative to clean the market and other densely populated markets within the states was to pave the way for a cleaner and healthier community towards a sustainable future.

She said, “This means that if a drainage system is blocked, then water is still not for peace. With the clearing of the drains ahead of the rainy season, there would be a free flow of water directly into the canal to prevent flooding and to keep everyone at peace. This would also prevent the residents from contracting water-borne diseases that flow into their boreholes from contaminated waters flowing around.”

The chairman of APWEN stated that as female engineers and mothers, they believed that there should be a clean and healthy environment for the people.

As claimed by Atinuke, APWEN organizes its young female engineers who are assigned to champion and Sustain Development Goal Six through the task.

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