The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has recommended the enforcement of building codes to check the menace of open defecation in the country.
Mr Daniel Wuave, North-East Zonal Acting Director of NESREA, made the recommendation in an interview with Journalists in Gombe on Friday.
Wuave said the menace of open defecation was a serious environmental issue that deserved serious attention, adding that it polluted the environment and caused serious health issues.
‘‘The building codes need to be strictly enforced to accommodate issues of health and sanitation.
‘‘Those building without toilet facilities are contributing to open defecation because the residents must answer that call of nature.
‘‘Owners of houses where there are no designated toilets in them should be sanctioned.
‘‘People building houses must take into consideration the need to have adequate toilet facilities while erecting structures.
‘‘The relevant bodies in charge of building houses must ensure that approval for building is given and a having adequate conveniences must be made part of the prerequisite for approvals,’’ he explained.
He warned that open defecation had more serious health risks during the wet season as excreta might be washed by rain-water which could run into streams, wells and other body of water.