Kebbi - The Kebbi World Bank-assisted Community and Social Development Project will train 118 traditional rulers on ways to reduce environmental degradation, says Mrs. Esther Jatau, the acting manager of the project.
Jatau said that the project would support the government, corporate bodies and individuals to checkmate the menace of environment degradation.
She noted that open defecation, especially during the rainy season, had become rampant and posed a threat to human health.
``But we will strive to reverse the trend through advocacy.
“The selection of traditional rulers for the training is in recognition of their closeness to the public who would accept what they say.''
Meanwhile, Mr Musa Umar, t the General Manager of the Kebbi State Environmental Protection Agency, who is also the Desk Officer on Environment in the project, said that a total 280 people would be trained.
According to him, the second category of those to be trained include Directors of agriculture in local government councils, vigilance groups, farmers' associations, media practitioners and NGOs.
“In addition to these groups, religious leaders would be involved in advocating for the support of the people toward environmental protection.