Anambra residents have called on the state government to construct lavatories in public places and streets in major towns and cities across the states of the federation to effectively check open defecation. A cross-section of the people said within an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) inside Awka on Monday that open defecation could be checked when people could have easy access to toilet.
A student, Mr Daluchukwu Chiadikaobi, said that authorities should initiate measures, including the provision of bathroom facilities in public offices, institutions and major roads, to curb the particular menace.
“Defecation is a natural act for all humans, therefore , government owes it a duty to its citizenry to provide conveniences at strategic locations.
“The world has become a global village and individuals wish to live a decent life but when nature calls, any opportunity can be exploited by typically the people.
“So we need public toilets in public areas domain, ” Chiadikaobi said.
A businessman, Mr Tochi Omalu, described open defecation as an old practice that continued to constitute public nuisance.
Omalu declared that federal government at all levels should erect public bathrooms in strategic places, if government was serious about eradicating open defecation in the country.
He stated that govt was only paying lip service in order to ending this phenomenon.
According to him, “If federal matched the word with action, open up defecation would be a thing from the past and those, who pride in often the act, would be ashamed to continue. ”
The teacher, Mrs Chioma Beluchukwu, regretted that will open defecation was becoming a normal habit among your people.
“The fear of contracting infections has made people to be able to have available defecation as an alternative, mostly when they are out of their homes, ” she mentioned
A new retired nurse, Mrs Agnes Odogwu, explained that the danger of wide open defecation has been enormous. She urged administration to consider the supply of general public toilets because a means of creating the healthy environment.
Odogwu charged residents for you to imbibe healthy habit plus endeavour to help suppress the urge to defecate openly outside or search for public toilets when pressed.
Mrs Ngozi Omenife said of which some homes in the villages lacked lavatories, adding the fact that the problem was compounded by poor access towards water.
Omenife claimed that start defecation had been capable of breeding diseases in addition to called upon government that will step up action to avoid epidemic that could arise from bad hygiene.
NAN reports that United Nations Children’s Fund, through its Water Sanitation and even Hygiene, Specialist, Mr Biodun Ogunjobi, said in May that 48 million Nigerians indulged throughout open defecation.
Also, the exact Minister associated with Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, during his 2020 budget defence, affirmed which will Nigeria seemed to be leading other African nations in terms of weak hygiene along with about 47 million folks lacking direct access to bathrooms.
Nigeria was said to be the second largest nation in the world which usually practiced it with just 14 regarding 774 local government areas exempted.
There was an Executive Order by the Federal Government stopping opened defecation around the country.
Some sort of resident involving Awka, Mister Ifeatu Onyeji, described the very order since commendable together with called for a reintroduction connected with sanitary inspectors within the health system.
NAN reviews that most respondents urged the main government so that you can prioritise finally, the provision with public conveniences to ensure the success of that executive order to achieve a healthy atmosphere.