The Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, has called on the state government to restore environmental sanitary inspectors that will be going round the state to ensure that every residents tidy up their environment.
He made the call during the World Toilet Day Celebration organized by Society for water and sanitation (NEWSAN) in collaboration with WaterAid Nigeria and UNICEF held at his palace in Bauchi.
According to the emire said the environmental sanitary inspectors will restore the culture of sanitation and hygiene practices to the people, adding that their presence instills discipline, personal and environmental cleanness.
Represented by the Galadima of Bauchi, Alhaji Ibrahim Saidu Jahun, the monarch, also directed all the District heads and village heads within the Emirates to observe the ban on open defecations in their respective domains in order to avoid the outbreak of cholera and other diseases.
The monarch also pledge to lead a vigorous campaign against open defecations and advised business men to construct commercial toilets in public places across the state as a way of addressing open defecation.
In his remarks, Coordinator of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Bauchi Local Government Unit, Yunusa Yau, said that only 135 communities out of 1, 618 communities are certified to be open defecation free in the local government.
” We have 1, 618 communities and the WASH Unit is able to visit and trigger 670 communities from the inception of the UNICEF SHAWN project in 2017 to date. Out of that 135 communities have been certified open defecation free, even though it is a recorded success we still have a long way to go in ensuring all the 1,618 communities of Bauchi have become ODF,” he said.
He decried the challenges in carrying out activities of WASH including lack of cooperation and commitment of some community members in sanitation and hygiene practices and construction of toilets in their households. Lack of operational funds to support the activities of the WASH unit.
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He appealed for the support of the traditional institutions especially emir of Bauchi, the four district heads and all traditional leaders to join hands together in ensuring that all community members and every household has a toilet use to stop the practices of open defecation in “our communities so that every community in Bauchi LGA will become open defecations free.”