May 3, 2013, 11:46 AM
It is really disheartening to hear some people say no one owns the streets, so you can do whatever you like without anyone asking or raising an eyebrow.
Take a walk along our streets, and you will see how some people dig waterways that run from the compounds into the streets, causing stagnant water in and around roadsides. Such water mostly comes from bathrooms, which in itself can cause serious health hazards.
This carefree attitude must be put under control in order to protect our environment from health-related hazards.
It is also important to note that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect generations yet unborn against all forms of environmental degradation and pollution.
This also brings into mind the issue of indiscriminate dumping of waste in the streets, instead of using a dustbin.
Being clean is a sign of spiritual purity or goodness. As the saying goes, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness.’
This phrase was first recorded in a sermon by John Wesley in 1778, but the idea is ancient, found in Babylonian and Hebrew religious tracts. It is still invoked, often as an admonition to wash or clean-up.
Usually, it is during the rainy season that a high rate of malaria is prevalent, due to mosquito infestation in our environment.
That is why all should make it a point of duty to ensure that their various communities and localities are constantly cleaned up, so as to prevent mosquitoes from settling in dirty water or grasses around our homes and houses.
Unfortunately, many people do not take care of the environment they live in, and would throw any dirt anyhow and anywhere without bearing in mind that such action may be harmful to the lives of those living around that area.
In general, people should try to change their attitude regarding waste control and management, and must avoid indiscriminate waste dumping.