An Agriculturist, Dr John Olaoye, has called on the local government councils to re-establish community sanitation to help control the menace of chemicals used in foodstuffs in the market.
Olaoye, a lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said the community sanitation would involve health workers who would go to markets and areas where traders display goods and foodstuffs to inspect them to ensure they did not contain chemicals such as sniper.
He said that the community health workers would go a long way in checkmating the excesses of traders who were using pessimistic means to preserve food items in order to make money.
Olaoye said that in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s there were community, public sanitation officers and health workers who operated at the local government levels.
He said that the workers usually patrolled the markets and other public places to ensure that traders observed minimum standards in handling goods and foodstuffs in the market.
”They also ensure that goods and foodstuffs on display are hygienically okay and good for consumption.
”The community health workers also go from house to house to check the surroundings and quality of water running from the taps or boreholes.
”They even examine and stamp animals before they are slaughtered and prepared for sale in the markets but now it is not so again.
”Unfortunately, the community health workers no longer exist and that is why traders can do and undo because nobody is monitoring them.’’
Olaoye said that the inspection of markets was the prerogative and responsibility of the local governments, adding that it was not just enough for the councils to collect money and issue receipts to traders.
“There are other services the local governments councils are supposed to render at the markets.
“The councils are supposed to ensure that what traders sell in the markets are not harmful and cause adverse health issues to consumers.’’ (NAN)