NBS: 3.6m People Practice Open Defecation In Oyo State …..UNICEF Charges Governors To Take Pragmatic Steps To End The Scourge

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has charged governors in the South West states in Nigeria to take pragmatic to end open defecation practice in their respective states.

UNICEF Water Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist, Monday Johnson gave the charge in Ibadan on Tuesday at a media dialogue organised by UNICEF with the theme “Eliminating Open Defecation in South West”.

Monday Johnson, UNICEF Water Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist addressing participants at the media dialogue in Ibadan.

According to National Bureau of Statistics, (NBS), 54 percent of people in Oyo state with over 8 million population practice open defecation.

Johnson said UNICEF is supporting Oyo State Government to end open defecation in the state before 2028.

He expressed worry that Nigeria which is the number one country with highest the world in terms of open defecation might not be able to end the practice by 2025 going the the implementation pace, saying that it might take up till 2046 to achieve goal.

Johnson said “The overall vision of UNICEF Nigeria’s WASH programme is to support Government to ensure that by 2027, more Nigerians, especially those in vulnerable situations, realize their rights to safely managed drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene services through improved access to affordable, sustainable and climate-resilient, safely managed water, sanitation, and hygiene services.”

He called on government to increase investments and targeted funding to efforts aimed at ending open defecation in the country.

Speaking at the event, Oyo State Commissioner of information, Prince Dotun Oyelade disclosed that perpetrators of Open Defecation in the state would be prosecuted henceforth.

He said the state ministry information is intensifying efforts on public enlightenment to sensitise residents to desist from open defecation practice.

Oyelade said Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has directed the state ministry of Justice to prosecute perpetrators of Open Defecation in the state.

Oyelade said “Oyo state is ready to end the menace of open defecation in our state with the support of UNICEF.

The governor has mandated that billboards with messages warning and discouraging people from open defecation practice and the penalties for perpetrators should be in strategic places across the state.

“The State Ministry of justice has been mandated by Governor Seyi Makinde to ensure that those who perpetrate open defecation practice in Oyo State are brough to book. They would be charged and brough to book. These are some of the steps we are taking to ensure that our collaboration with UNICEF is brough to fruition”, Oyelade said.

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