A CRITIQUE OF THE ROLE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION TASK FORCE ON THE MONTHLY ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION PROGRAMME IN 14 LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS IN NIGERIA
Department Of Local Government Studies, Faculty of Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Email: email@example.com
Accepted in January, 2004.
In this paper, the environmental sanitation programme in 14 selected Local Government Councils in the western part of Nigeria is assessed. Methods adopted were content analysis and administration of questionnaire. Content analysis involved analysis of some randomly selected comments in the dailies and periodicals regarding the exercise. The questionnaire on the other hand was administered on health officials of some randomly selected Local Governments. The study showed that the acceptance of environmental sanitation exercise (monthly or fortnightly) was not in doubt, but the enforcement method which was characterized by military discipline was criticized as having a negative impact on the success of the programme. It is argued that combination of persuasive and judicial processes by the Local Government Councils, States and Federal Government officials is better than the coercive military approach.