By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Ondo State Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure open defecation is eradicated in the state.
The State Commissioner for Water Resources, Public Sanitation and Hygiene, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju stated this while declaring open training workshop for ambassadors in the state, organised by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in collaboration with the state Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency,( RUWASSA).
According to him, open defecation is one of the greatest ills and embarrassment in the society which must be stamped out to ensure proper hygiene.
The commissioner said the Federal government has taken a bold step towards eradicating this ugly trend by declaring a state of emergency on open defecation, affirming that the state has keyed into the idea to achieve the set goal.
While explaining that the state government gave the 18 ambassadors motorcycles and tools to work with to ensure sustainable development, she stressed that through “Kamomi Aketi water scheme, there has been massive increment in water supply across the state.
Mrs Adeyanju therefore charged the ambassadors to see themselves as a change agents by taking the campaign to the nook and crannies of the state to ensure more productive and healthy living.
The Representative of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs Yemisi Akpan commended the state government for its commitment to the sector, saying that the Federal government will continue to support the state to achieve better outcome.
Mrs Akpan informed that over 46 million people still practice open defecation in the World which calls for global attention.
He therefore charged every local government to come up with concrete plan,assuring them of support when the need arises to achieve Open Defecation Free,ODF ,agenda.
Also Speaking, the Water,Sanitation and Hygiene Consultant, UNICEF Akure Field Office, Dr Bisi Orebiyi said 35 percent of people in the state still practice open defecation, calling on every household to have toilet in their houses to ensure disease free state.
He submitted that proper hygiene and sanitation is the first defense against outbreak of diseases, hence the need for all hands to be on deck to get it right and make Nigeria safe.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the General Manager of RUWASSA, Mr Rotimi Oladimeji noted that the state would continue to mobilise and sensitise people towards having positive result in the state, which the training also tend to achieve.