A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Cleaning Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CPAN) was signed by The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to address the spread of hazardous chemicals used in tidying the environment. Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, the General Manager of LASEPA, at the signing of the MoU in Lagos, stated that the Cleaning Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CPAN) has been approved to collaborate with government in tidying and protecting the environment from hazardous and toxic chemicals.
Also, collaborates with the government to investigate all quack activities in the cleaning sector. She stated that industries that cause harms during their activities through the use of some dangerous chemicals that contaminates the environment will be investigated. Most especially, these chemicals are contributors to climate change, global warming, if their usage do not align with scientific terms. Also, recent report has it that the usage of these chemicals has led to the death of animals, and even affected the lives of children at home during fumigation.
CPAN has received accurate accreditation from LASEPA.
She said that there are different potent chemicals used in protecting the environment from poor hygiene such as rodent control and pest control, and they are reliable. Cleaning Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CPAN) has been chosen by LASEPA for accurate accreditation. Also, LASEPA will scrutinize the chemicals used by this association before official accreditation. This is to ensure the appropriate practice and usage of credible chemicals. Other dangerous substances like snipers are checked thoroughly to avoid contamination with foods and homes during the cleaning of the environment and killing of rodents.
Furthermore, trainings are established as a means of empowering and equipping them before accreditation. Subsequently, there would be annual accreditations, and certificates will be issued through a group of experts and professionals. Governance is considered a collective responsibility for all citizens. Hence, Fasawe said that associations are implored to join LASEPA because it is not only the responsibility of the government. To ensure a sustainable and maintainable environment for future generations, associations are called to partner with LASEPA.
Only accredited experts will clean the environment with chemicals.
According to the General Manager, provision of avenue will be provided for cleaning operators to gain access to the government through collaboration with the association. She said that sanitation of the system and expulsion of quacks will be ensured by the MoU, giving room to only accredited experts to be in charge of using chemicals to clean the environment. She added that the quacks cause more damages to the ecosystem, human beings and the environment at large through the usage of hazardous chemicals. Members of CPAN are being signed in and accredited, owing to the partnership between CPAN and LASEPA.
Other associations will be accredited as partners with LASEPA and be part of the organization if there is a successful evaluation of their activities and thorough investigation has been done. Fasawe stated that training will be conducted using CPAN to accurately enforce the policy. For instance, public infrastructure such as hotels, eateries, and restaurants where pests are meant to be controlled, without accreditation with LASEPA, soon, they will be tagged as dirty centres. Tunde Ayeye, the National President of CPAN, said that the body is a professional firm.
Usage of environmental-friendly chemicals will be assured by LASEPA & CPAN.
Ayeye said that the body is the lead organization of all professional industrial, commercial and janitorial cleaning firms in Nigeria which also includes allied service and hygiene providers. He applauded the support of LASEPA in promoting the association in the last three years. CPAN has partnered with significant departments of the agency to build the whole value chain to enhance the standard of CPAN, which in turn boosts the sustainability of the environment. Ayeye added that usage of environmental-friendly and safe chemicals will be assured by the partnership between LASEPA and CPAN in conducting commercial cleaning activities in Lagos State.