World Toilet Day: Nigeria maintains readiness to end open defecation

Asma’u Halilu

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The Permanent Sectary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote says, talks will be held with people on the need to use clean toilets so that open defecation can be avoided in public places.
She disclosed during the 13th National Council on Environment holding in Kaduna, with the theme, ‘Promoting
Environmental Advocacy: A Panacea for Achieving the Next Level’.
She said hygiene and clean environment can be achieved by building toilets in the markets and motor parks.
“We will also look at how people relate with their environment health wise, especially by washing their hands after using the toilet”.
The Permanent Sectary further spoke on the climate change all around the World which she said, Nigerians must be able to comply and fight issues associated with it.
Such changes comprises of flooding, pollution control and plastic waste.
She also assured that goverment will ensure that the plastics are recycled or totally eliminated from existence.
“We also want to sensitize Nigerians on the importance of clean environment for healthy living, especially as today is the World toilet day”.
Speaking on the meeting, Mrs Odusote said the aim was to receive presentation from across the 36 States of the Country for discussion at the technical sessions.
“By the time we are through with our presentations in the technical session, with the different articulated ideas which will be tabled, we should expect to have policies that will guide us on how to take care of our environment”.
Also speaking, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Alhaji Ibrahim Hussaini said the meeting was a platform where the Minister and Commissioners from all the States meet and discuss a memoranda and evaluate on decisions of National councils.
“I think they have selected a very important aspect of environmental issue this year which is associated to the challenges and problems regarding environment. Hence, with comprehensive and well strategised policies, decisions on environmental advocacies will be achieved”.
Hussaini emphasised that, the decisions when implemented, will go a long way in curbing environmental issues especially in the rural areas.
He therefore called on the general public to make use of the public toilets that has been built as well as the private ones so as to avoid polluting the environment, this he stressed will improve a healthy environment.
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