The Kano State Government says it has completed work on a draft Kano State Pollution Bill to enhance sanitation and protect the environment.
The Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim-Getso, said this at a news conference on Friday in Kano, as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Toilet Day.
Ibrahim-Getso said that the ministry had concluded work on the draft bill to be presented to the State Executive Council for approval before its transmission to the House of Assembly.
He said that the bill was designed to control environmental pollution, enhance sanitation and check unfriendly environmental habits.
The commissioner said the bill also made provisions for sanctions and penalties for violations of environmental laws in the state.
Commenting on the World Toilet Day, Ibrahim-Getso said that the ministry had taken some measures to check open defecation and encourage use of toilets in communities.
He said that the measures included the provision of adequate funding for the execution of the monthly environmental sanitation and the recruitment of 1,000 sanitation vanguards.
Others are the conduct of toilet inspections, the construction of conveniences in public places and the procurement of mobile toilets that would be stationed at strategic locations.
“Human excreta, lack of adequate personnel and domestic hygiene have been blamed for the transmission of infectious diseases, including cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, poliomyelitis and helminthiasis, among others.
“Studies have shown that the incidence of diseases is drastically reduced when people have access to and make regular use of effective sanitary facilities.
“The Kano State Government is in the forefront in supporting Open Defecation Free (ODF) campaign with zeal and commitment. It has partnered with many stakeholders to ensure that this battle is fought to its logical conclusion.
“The time to end open defecation is now; play your part, save the lives of our children and other members of the public,” he said.
Ibrahim-Getso said that the ministry was working in collaboration with the state Ministry of Local Government Affairs, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Kano State Hisbah Board, WHO, UNICEF and other development organisations to achieve ODF status in the state.
While commending the organisations for their support, the commissioner urged the people to support government programmes, aimed at protecting the environment for sustainable socio-economic development of the state.