Gov. Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State says the state has launched a roadmap to achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) status by 2022.
A statement by the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Mr Bamidele Faparusi, on Monday said that the governor this in Ado Ekiti at a special ceremony commemorating this year’s World Toilet Day.
Fayemi said that the roadmap, which involved partners and other critical stakeholders, was aimed at having sustainable sanitation in the state and protecting its environment from pollution and degradation.
He said that the government would soon begin aggressive construction of toilets under a policy of one-house-one-toilet in Ado-Ekiti, the capital city, and other major towns across the state to drive the ODF scheme.
By the policy, it would be compulsory for all private, corporate and public buildings to have toilet and water facilities, he said.
Besides, Fayemi said that the state government’s partnership with UNICEF had facilitated the declaration of Ekiti West and Gbonyin local government areas as being Open Defecation Free.
“We are mobilising everyone to take responsibility for safe and hygienic disposal of faecal waste.
“The government is committed to improving its efforts to make public toilets available and accessible in strategic locations across the state.
“It is a fundamental right for everyone to have access to sustainable sanitation, alongside clean water and handwashing facilities, to help protect and maintain our health security and prevent the spread of deadly infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera and typhoid.
“Our Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) policy and legal framework demand that every building in the state in public, commercial or private sphere must have a decent functional toilet.
“And the government has set in motion the implementation framework, which extends to the enforcement of the law.
“We, therefore, urge every resident of Ekiti State to join the campaign and say no to open defecation,” Fayemi added.