Ogun State to build 1300 public toilets to curb open defecation
Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu Balogun, stated that the state government is constructing 1,300 public toilets across the state as part of moves to control open defecation.
Mr. Balogun who was speaking at a press conference in Abeokuta, disclosed plans to launch ‘Operation remove abandoned vehicles’ to get rid of decrepit cars, which, according to him, were being used for open defecation and to harbour criminals.
He affirmed that open defecation has become a serious environmental issue in the state, especially in the metropolis, and the ministry would, therefore, intensify efforts towards eradicating the environmental challenge.
He explained that the government had allocated funds to construct about 800 toilets, while additional 500 would be jointly constructed by the state and a foreign organisation.
In combating the challenges, Mr. Balogun said the state government, through the Ministry of Environment, would embark on monitoring and sanctioning of persons who defecate openly as well as homes that lack toilet facilities.