Oyo Gov Makinde vows to prosecute open defecators, partners UNICEF to end practice in South West

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has instructed the state Ministry of Justice to prosecute individuals who engage in open defecation within the state.

The governor’s directive was disclosed on Wednesday by the state Commissioner for Information, Prince Dotun Oyelade, who spoke during a media dialogue in Ibadan, the state capital.

The event, organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), focused on the theme “Eliminating Open Defecation in South West.”

The commissioner highlighted the prevalence of open defecation in the state and emphasized that his ministry is actively working to raise public awareness and discourage residents from participating in this unsanitary practice.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, a staggering 54 per cent of the population in Oyo State, which amounts to eight million people, engage in open defecation.

In the midst of these circumstances, however, Nigeria has surpassed India to claim the top spot globally in terms of the prevalent practice of open defecation.

Consequently, UNICEF has urgently appealed to the government at all levels within the country to adopt practical and pragmatic measures to eradicate open defecation.

In his remark earlier, the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist at UNICEF, Monday Johnson, specifically implored the governors of other South West states to implement effective strategies in order to eliminate open defecation within their respective regions.

Oyo Gov Akeredolu declares war on open defecation, orders prosecution of offenders

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has instructed the state Ministry of Justice to prosecute individuals who engage in open defecation within the state.

The governor’s directive was disclosed on Wednesday by the state Commissioner for Information, Prince Dotun Oyelade, who spoke during a media dialogue in Ibadan, the state capital.

Nigeria surpasses India to become world’s leading nation in open defecation

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, a staggering 54 per cent of the population in Oyo State, which amounts to eight million people, engage in open defecation.

In the midst of these circumstances, however, Nigeria has surpassed India to claim the top spot globally in terms of the prevalent practice of open defecation.

UNICEF urges governors in South West to end open defecation

Consequently, UNICEF has urgently appealed to the government at all levels within the country to adopt practical and pragmatic measures to eradicate open defecation.

In his remark earlier, the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist at UNICEF, Monday Johnson, specifically implored the governors of other South West states to implement effective strategies in order to eliminate open defecation within their respective regions.

Conclusion

Open defecation is a serious public health problem that can lead to the spread of diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid. It is also a major contributor to environmental pollution.

The government of Oyo State is taking a positive step by prosecuting open defecators. This will help to deter people from engaging in this practice and protect the health of the public.

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