By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
In a bid to end open defecation in Ondo State by 2025, the State Government has flagged off a statewide sensitization and advocacy programme on open defecation in Akure.
It was tagged “Clean Home- Happy Family: Use the Toilet campaign” which started with a road show campaign from Adegbemile Cultural Centre to Akure Sports Complex, sensitizing the general public that an end must be put to open defecation in Ondo State.
The Minister, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu who graced the occasion said concerted efforts must be made to end open defecation in Nigeria.
While commending Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on plan to end open defecation, he affirmed that the drive and commitment shown by the State was noteworthy.
He recalled that Nigeria launched a national campaign to end open defecation in November 2019, tagged ‘Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet” Campaign which was informed by Nigeria’s unfortunate position on the global ladder of countries with the highest persons practicing open defecation, estimated at 46 millions.
The Minister informed that the campaign was aimed at mobilizing high level political support towards building a new culture of safe sanitation.
According to him, his Ministry was the lead agency for reporting on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 which was aimed at ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Stating that the Clean Nigeria Campaign, have so far recorded attainment Open Defecation Free (ODF) status in 76 LGAs in the country, however said more results were needed to achieve the target in 2025, through aggressive mobilization in various communities.
The State Governor , Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at the occasion harped on the need for people to adhere strictly to public sanitation, hygiene and judicious use of the toilet in putting end to open defecation in the state.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Commissioner for Water, Sanitation and hygiene, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju had urged community leaders to enlighten their people to construct toilets in their houses.
In their goodwill messages, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye and ALGON Chairman, Augustine Oloruntogbe said the message will be taken down to the grassroots to end the menace in council areas.