Nigerian state to outlaw open defecation

Nigerian state to outlaw open defecation

Saturday, August 22, 2015 4:19 pm


open defecation in Nigeria

open defecation in Nigeria

The Yobe State Government, on Saturday said it had developed a document to be submitted to the state assembly to enact a law against open defecation in the state.
Alhaji Mohammed Bukar, the General Manager, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu, Yobe.
“The document will be ratified by the state executive council before submission to the state assembly as an executive bill for passage into law.
“The bill will seek to eliminate open defecation through making water supply and sanitation programmes more accessible to the citizenry. This is with an ambitious budget line in water supply and sanitation.
“The bill will facilitate access to and coverage of water supply and sanitation by 80 per cent, thereby eliminating the risk of water borne related diseases by about 90 per cent.
“We are putting more emphasis on household latrines, we have developed cheap technological options using local materials to construct toilets at homes,’’ he said.
He said that the agency had conducted experiments in Nguru and Bade local government areas, using the local technology and had recorded huge success.
“The communities massively accepted the technology and constructed toilets at homes thereby reducing open defecation and the risk of air and water borne diseases in the communities,’’ he said.
Mohammed said that the agency was partnering with the Atate Assembly Committee on Water, Health and Local Government Councils to ensure the document was ratified by the state executive council.
He said that the committee would also ensure that the document was passed into law by the state assembly.
“Nigeria signed the treaty to end open defecation by 2025, we are working in line with this treaty and development partners like the European Union (EU), UNICEF and JAICA,” he said.

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  • Charles Ugwumba says:

    Making public defecation against the law in Nigeria is not enough. It should be facilitated by requiring all gas stations and restaurants with above twenty five person sitting capacity to provide toilets in hyginic condition at all times for the public. If such establishments have no such existing facility they should be required to construct one and the cost of construction written off as a tax allowance. In the same vein the cost of maintaining the facility ( toilet paper, hand soap, water, paper towel) should be deductible annually from income as a cost of doing business in their tax returns. The department of health should be empowered to send out inspectors to make spot checks on such locations and defaulting establishment fined heavily for jeopardizing public health. The name of the inspector assigned to an establishment together with his office contact number should be boldly posted so that the public can call in unsanitary conditions. Finally an ombudsman should be appointed to close facilities know to be in perpetual contravention. All human beings eat, sleep, defecate and die. A government that is wanting in providing for the impromptu call of nature on its citizens is irresponsible. For long Nigerians with a string of degrees in every aspect of human endeavor have been travelling to London, New York, Dubai etc . The don’t see people in those cities stooping and relieving them selves on.the side walk. Why is Nigeria different. Where is Obasanjo who knows everything when you need him.

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