Open Defecation: Ogun Issues Three-Week Ultimatum To Landlords

Channels Television  
Updated July 15, 2019
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Yetunde Dina, being briefed during an inspection tour to communities in Abeokuta, the state capital on Monday, July 15, 2019.

 

The Ogun State Government has issued a three-week ultimatum for landlords across the state to construct toilet facilities.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Yetunde Dina, says the failure of any landlord to obey the directives stands the risk of having his properties sealed.

According to her, the directive has become imperative in view of the growing rates of open defecation which has continued to pose health challenges in many areas in the state capital.

“Some areas, especially the traditional areas in Abeokuta do not have toilet facilities. They do their defecation just anywhere.

“So, we are here to tell the people that we are aware that they do not have toilets and the implications of not having toilet facilities on health and on the environment.

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“So, we are here to tell them that they should make sure that within three weeks, maximum one month, they should construct toilets even if it is communal toilet because the risk on the environment is too high,” she said.

In reaction, some residents of Abeokuta have attributed their inability to construct toilets to the rocky nature of the area.

Speaking to Channels Television, some of them called on the state government to help them in view of the financial involvement in doing so.

“We can only tell the government to come and assist us with the public toilet. It is not easy for us living individually within the premises to build a personal toilet for us.

“By giving us a public toilet within the premise, the prevention (of health hazards will be addressed),” one of the residents said.