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FG restates commitment to end open defecation

Pic – L-R: Kwara NOA Director, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi, Representative of DG NOA, Mrs Rosline Akanya and Representative of the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs Chizoma Opara at the workshop in Ilorin. Photo: Yusuf Abdulkadir (radio Nigeria).

Federal Government has reiterated commitment to aggressive implementation of policies and strategies to end Open Defecation, ODF in Nigeria by 2025.

Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu represented by Juliet Chizoma gave the indication while speaking at a National Sensitisation Campaign on Open Defecation Free Nigeria and Capacity Building Workshop for Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers of the National Orientation Agency, Kwara Chapter in Ilorin.

Engineer Adamu explained that ending Open Defecation was not just about having access to toilets only but about generating demands for toilets and changing people’s behaviour regarding toilet usage.

He stressed that the Clean Nigeria Campaign that was launched on the 19th of November last year was aimed at mobilising political support and resources to build a new culture of safe sanitation.

The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Dr Garba Abari who was also represented by Mrs Roseline Akanya explained that the unwholesome practice of open defecation is responsible for various diseases such as diarrhoea, internal worms’ infestation, typhoid, cholera and others, pointing out that the sensitisation is timely to achieve the desired result.

Dr Abari added that the NOA would ensure continuous re-orientation and Mobilization of Nigerians for social change and solicited for the support of media to achieve Open Defecation Free Nigeria by the year 2025.

NOA Director in Kwara State, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi said that there was no better time to eradicate open defecation than now when there are strong gender impacts as lack of safe toilet makes women and girls vulnerable to violence and other forms of infectious diseases.

While charging the participants to maintain their high standard of programme execution in the ODF Free Nigeria campaign, Mr Adeyemi maintained that open Defecation is an affront to human dignity and exposes women and girls to increased sexual exploitation and personal safety.

The National Sensitisation Campaign on Open Defecation Free Nigeria and Capacity Building which was organized by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Kwara NOA featured paper presentations titled ” Overview of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector in Nigeria” by Mrs Abasiama Ebresso and “Overview of the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign” by Ms Juliet Iordye from the Ministry of Water Resources.

Yusuf Abdulkadir/Ilorin.

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