Ending Open Defecation: Lagos State Government’s Initiative for a Healthier Society

Ending Open Defecation: Lagos State Government’s Initiative for a Healthier Society

The Importance of Hygiene and Sanitation: Lagos State Government Launches “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign”


The Lagos State Government recently emphasized the crucial role of hygiene and sanitation in enhancing the lifespan of a society.

To achieve this, the government stresses the need to completely reject open defecation and instead embrace the use of toilets at all times.

This message was delivered during the launch of the “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign” in the Somolu Local Government Area.

The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Omobolaji Tajudeen Gaji, urged all residents to participate actively in ushering in a new era of cleanliness and improved sanitation in the local government and its surroundings.


The campaign aims to make Nigeria open defecation-free by the year 2025.

It focuses on promoting the construction and use of toilets in public places while ensuring that every individual has access to clean and safe sanitation facilities.

Gaji stressed that proper sanitation is a fundamental human right and a critical aspect of any developed society.

It is disheartening that some citizens still lack access to basic sanitation services, which can have adverse effects on the environment and socio-economic development.

The Permanent Secretary highlighted the significant challenge of open defecation in the country and called for collective action from all citizens to achieve a cleaner and healthier Lagos.


The campaign involves raising awareness about the importance of using toilets and proper sanitation practices, with support from governments at all levels and the private sector.

The Chairman of Somolu Local Government, Hon. Abdul Hamed Salawu, expressed his gratitude to the State Government for initiating such a campaign in the community.

He acknowledged that the lack of sanitation and hygiene leads to various diseases that affect human existence.

The Local Government pledged its support to the “Clean Lagos: Use the Toilet Campaign” to put an end to practices that damage the environment.

While recognizing the challenges ahead, Salawu emphasized that the journey towards a clean Nigeria begins with each individual making a personal commitment to change.


The launch of the “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign” by the Lagos State Government is a significant step towards improving public health and sanitation in the region.

The emphasis on proper hygiene and the rejection of open defecation reflects the government’s commitment to creating a cleaner and healthier environment for its citizens.

By setting a target to become open defecation-free by 2025, the government demonstrates its determination to address this pressing issue.

The involvement of local authorities, represented by the Chairman of Somolu Local Government, showcases a united effort to support and implement the campaign at the grassroots level.

Collaboration between the government and private sector is vital in addressing sanitation infrastructure challenges and ensuring that everyone has access to clean and safe facilities.


The call for collective action from all citizens is a crucial aspect of the campaign’s success.

It requires the active participation and cooperation of individuals, communities, and businesses to make lasting changes and improve the overall quality of life for all Nigerians.

With this initiative, the Lagos State Government is not only addressing a public health concern but also paving the way for a more sustainable and prosperous future for its residents.

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