Appreciating the effort of the Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on sanitation and other environmental health programmes the federal government has invited the governor to attend "Clean Nigeria : Use The Toilet" campaign, slated for November 19th, 2019.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Water Resources, Eng. Sulaiman Hussaini Adamu, when he paid a courtesy call to the governor at Governor's Lodge, Asokoro, in Abuja, yesterday, to brief the governor about the upcoming launching of "Clean Nigeria: Use The Toilet" campaign.
Adamu lamented that "Nigeria is currently the country with the highest number of people practicing open defecation in Africa and ranks second globally with an estimated 47 million people involved the practice."
Adding that, "With the slow operationaization of the National Road map to eliminate open defecation in the country by 2025, we found it extremely necessary to evolve new and workable strategies towards achieving this target. Your Excellency, this advocacy visit is also one of such strategies."
He pleaded that, "We urge the governor to please be around when we are launching the programme. It will be launched by the President of the Federal Republic, Muhammadu Buhari. We will be glad if His Excellency can make it during that time. It is coming up on 19th of November."
According to the Minister, they are glad to see that the state government was doing great effort to environmental sanitation in the state, adding that, "It is known that without political will and good political leadership, programmes cannot see the light of the day. We are sure that the political leadership in Kano assures us that good chance."
In his response governor Ganduje encouraged that the effort was a good omen towards sanitising the environment, insisting that, "This programme is a task that must be done."
While acknowledging the need to tighten belt in maintaining healthy environment, he reveals that, "In order for us to encourage and sustain healthy environment, I am going to appoint Special Adviser on Environmental Sanitation. This will help in hastening processes without letting bureaucratic bottleneck to slow down the effort."
Ganduje advised that for the programme and other similar programmes to succeed "The issue of education, public enlightenment and enforcement are very critical and absolutely important. With these in place, we are going to get to the global standard."
He further cautioned that, "As we are getting away with Polio disease, you know it is three years now when Polio is eradicated in our country, to drive this and other diseases away from our communities, we must make our environment healthy, clean and comfortable."
For quite a long time, as governor Ganduje disclosed, Kano state built many public toilets to effectively control the menace of open defecation. Adding that "We are also inviting private hands to participate. As this will go a long way in maintaining healthier environment."