Lagos State takes campaign against open defacation to the grassroots.


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The Lagos State Government has taken its campaign against open defecation to the grassroots warning residents it could easily lead to an outbreak of communicable diseases.

Leading the campaign is the Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale at the Ajeromi Ifelodun LG Lagos state where she sounded this warning during the sensitization programme on open defecation held on the 24th of June 2021.

Princess Adebowale said the sensitization program was organized to educate citizens on the need to avoid open detection and join the global crusade, spread awareness, inspire environmentally-friendly actions and support in facilitating the provision of sustainable sanitation practices capable of promoting economic growth and well-being of the citizenry.

“Open defecation is a public menace because it could easily lead to an outbreak of communicable diseases such as cholera, typhoid, diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal infections.

”During the rainy season, in which we are now, water supplies can become contaminated with such faecal matter; we all know that human faeces contain bacteria and germs which consequently contaminate the sources of water people use for drinking and many other purposes”.

“The world is changing faster than we can imagine with the human population increasing at an exponential rate. Therefore, there is an urgent need to re-orientate our people on the provision and access to safe and sustainable sanitation systems that will effectively address the menace of open urination and defecation as well as other sanitation infractions to prevent the widespread of diseases.

Proper handling of these critical issues would no doubt help reduce government expenditure on treatment of diseases and make more money available for other important public uses.“Improved sanitation and hygiene practices are fundamental to child survival, socio-economic development and well-being of the society. Eliminating open defecation has benefits from the health, nutrition, learning, social and economic perspectives,” she said.

The Lagos Island-born princess, however, appealed to individual, cooperate and government agencies to put an end to this menace of open defecation, improve on our hygiene and ensure that our environment is kept clean at all times as it is only this way that we can keep illnesses and diseases at arm’s length.

In the same vein, the chairman of the Ajeromi Ifelodun LGA , Hon. Ayoola Adekunle voiced his support against open defecation in the State. In his words, He said: “Open defecation is a menace that we all should all rise up against because it contravenes the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of Mr. Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and it is also an unhealthy manner that rears different diseases which is even worst during the raining season.

Stating further, he said, as a government, we will surely do our part by providing mobile toilets, so in turn, citizens should also desist from such ill-manner

The program witnessed high profile residents of the LGA such as Alh Shehu Gbengbeleku Baale of Ajegunle , Alhaja Titilayo Agoro the Iya Oloja of Ajeromi Ifelodun and a host of other dignitaries, the chairman of Ajeromi Ifelomi LGA Hon Ayoola Adekunle and a host of others.

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