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Kano govt. declares state of emergency on open defecation

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Kano govt. declares state of emergency on open defecation

Aisha Ahmed

The Kano State government has declared a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) state of emergency to end open defecation, the commissioner said. environment, Dr. Kabiru Getso.

A statement signed by the ministry’s public relations officer Mr. Sanusi Kofarnaisa, who disclosed this on Sunday, citing state governor Abdullahi Ganduje as making the statement when launching the “Keep Kano Clean” campaign on Saturday, at the government house. .

He said the governor had ordered the state ministries of environment and water resources, as well as other relevant agencies, to develop a roadmap to end the phenomenon.

According to the statement, “the state has also spent over 20 million naira on the purchase of sanitation equipment to distribute to 100 self-help groups in the state.

“The items included wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, excavators, cutlasses, personal protective equipment such as nasal masks, gloves and rain boots, to protect those participating in the sanitation exercise.

In addition, the statement said the commissioner warned the public against indiscriminate dumping of waste into waterways.

Likewise, he also called for collective efforts to complement government to keep Kano clean and safe from the effects of flooding and other environmental challenges.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that Governor Ganduje launched a weeklong campaign to keep Kano clean on Saturday, June 19.

The campaign, labeled “Keep Kano Clean 2021”, is an annual project of the Ganduje administration, usually launched shortly before the rainy season.

The exercise featured a series of activities that included raising awareness of community participation in environmental hygiene and massive drain clearance across the state. (NAA)

(NAN)

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