World toilets day :Emir of Bauchi directs District, Village heads to end open defecation

Ahmed Ahmed

The Emir of Bauchi Dr Rilwanu Adamu has directed all District and Village heads in the emirate to ban open defecation in their domains.

Adamu gave the directives during the 2019 World Toilet Day Commemoration at which he was represented by the Galadiman Bauchi, Alhaji Ibrahim Jahun in Bauchi on Tuesday.

He directed all the District heads and village heads within the Emirates to observe the ban on open defecation in their respective domains.

He added that they should give maximum cooperation to relevant stakeholders in the campaign for the construction of toilets in all households.

He also directed all households in the emirate to have a toilet within them adding that a sanction be placed on whoever does not comply the directive.

The Emir pledge to lead a vigorous campaign against open defecation and construction toilets in each household beginning from the emirate council and the rest of Bauchi metropolis and its environs.

He also called on the state government to reintroduce environmental and sanitary inspectors to tackled the problems of open defecations and ensuring sanitary environment for all.

Adamu said that the environmental sanitary inspectors will restore the culture of sanitation and hygiene practices to the people, adding that their presence will instill discipline, personal and environmental clearness among residents.

Earlier, the Coordinator of WASH Bauchi LGA Unit, Yunusa Ya’u, had said that only 135 communities out of 1618 communities are certified to be open defecation free in yhe entire Bauchi Local Government Area.

“We have 1,618 communities and the WASH Unit is able to visit and trigger 670 communities from the inception of the UNICEF SHAWN project in 2017 to date.

“Out of that number, 135 communities have been certified open defecation free.

“Even though it is a recorded success, we still have a long way to go in ensuring that all the 1,618 communities of Bauchi have become ODF.”

He lamented on what hinders WASH activities in the area, and listed them to include lack of cooperation and commitment of some community members in sanitation and hygiene practices and construction of toilets in their households.

He however appealed for the support of the traditional institutions especially the Emir of Bauchi, the four district heads and all traditional leaders to join hands in ensuring that all community members and every household has a toilet in use to stop the practice of open defecation.

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