Minister reiterates commitment to provide more toilets in FCT



The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure that  more toilets are provided in the FCT.

Bello stated this at a programme to mark the 2020 World Toilet Day organised by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) in collaboration with the FCT Administration in Abuja on Tuesday.

The minister, represented by the Chairman, AEPB, Yahaya Bawuro, said FCTA and AEPB were committed to ensuring that residents were sensitised on the need for toilets in every home.

Bello added that FCT would ensure that the public was enlightened on the need to use available toilets located in public places.

He noted that the safe reuse of human waste could help to save water, reduce and capture greenhouse gas emissions for energy production, and provide agriculture with a reliable source of water and nutrients.

Bello said all hands must be on deck to ensure Nigeria achieved sustainable sanitation in tandem with Sustainable Development Goal Six by 2030, so that everyone could have access to sustainable toilets.

The Director, AEPB, Dr Hassan Abubakar, said the board would continue to facilitate partnerships, advocacy, dialogue, and focused actions to push the sanitation agenda.

Abubakar said the board was working with strategic partners in the sector to ensure Abuja joined the world in meeting SDG Six and to effectively maximise the use of the resources that huge quantities of faeces generated everyday.

“We must realise that when nature calls, it is not time for us to defecate openly which is detrimental to the environment but it is time to replenish nature, add value to life and contribute to a sustainable ecosystem.

“We should understand the importance of toilet and its availability and keep reminding ourselves on the need to ensure universal access to toilets by 2030,” he said.

Abubakar said it was the responsibility of everyone to save the environment and the earth, and make the possibility of a healthy and happy life on earth a reality.

Mrs Kate Ogbonna, Head, Department of Environmental Health and Safety, AEPB, said the board was intensifying efforts to create awareness in the FCT on open defecation and its implications to health and the  environment

Ogbonna said the board worked with area councils and community leaders in creating awareness on the need to build more toilets and end open defecation in their communities.

She said the board carried out regular inspection of toilets in public places in the city centre to ensure compliance with health standards.

“We carry out regular inspection of public toilets in the city centre and if we find any defaulters, the AEPB Act gives us the power to take them to court, if they still refuse to comply after serving them a notice to clean up the toilets,” Ogbonna said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that World Toilet Day is celebrated on Nov. 19 every year to raise awareness on the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed toilets.

NAN also reports that the theme for 2020 is “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change” .

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Razak Owolabi

Okeoghene Oghenekaro

Okeoghene Oghenekaro: NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor @ nnn.ng. Disclaimer.

Canada World Youth and Africa Skills Hub partner to launch Women’s Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods Initiative (WELI) Sonangol celebrates 45 years in the service of Angola (By Charné Hundermark) Africa Oil & Power officially opens workshops in Mozambique and celebrates International Women’s Day Call for an independent investigation into the death of Rwandan singer Kizito Mihigo Kasi Insight data on Africa is now available as part of an alternative data catalog through Bloomberg’s Data Market Place Whenever you’re ready to travel again, Jumeirah is here to help plan the perfect vacation with an exclusive global offer. Coronavirus – Eswatini: COVID-19 update (March 7, 2021) Global COVID-19 experts see inequitable vaccine distribution and reluctance to be key challenges for Africa in 2021 Q&A with Paula Lanco – President of the Women’s Rugby Advisory Committee Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (March 7, 2021) U-19 men’s volleyball championship: Cameroon beats Gambia 3-0 Ebola: 2,167 people vaccinated in Guinea, DRC – WHO Meghan accuses British royal family of racism Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (March 6, 2021) Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 update (March 6, 2021) Coronavirus – Zambia: COVID-19 update (March 6, 2021) Qhubeka ASSOS team offers fantastic team performances at Strade Bianche Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (March 6, 2021) Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (March 6, 2021) African Union Member States reporting Ebola virus disease update (March 6, 2021) Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (March 6, 2021) Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (March 6, 2021) Coronavirus: African Union member states report COVID-19 cases as of March 7, 2021, 9 a.m.ET AFCON U20: Ghana beat Uganda to win fourth title NPFL: Kano Pillars chairman optimistic about Rangers win Tanzania tries to bring back contraband chameleons seized in Austria Desert locust invasion destroys huge cultivated land in Ethiopia – UN African Football – Election of the African Football Confederation (CAF): Ceremony of African Unity Media advisory – African football – Election of the African Football Confederation (CAF): Ceremony of African Unity Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (March 5, 2021) Coronavirus – Eswatini: COVID-19 update (March 5, 2021) Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (March 5, 2021) Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (March 5, 2021) Coronavirus – Djibouti: The first quantity of COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Djibouti Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 update (March 5, 2021) Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (March 5, 2021) Coronavirus – Zambia: COVID-19 update (March 5, 2021) Oyeleke becomes national archery tournament champion Cameroonians beat Nigeria to avenge their boys’ defeat AfCFTA, key driver of Africa’s economic recovery after COVID-19 – SG Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (March 4, 2021) Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (March 4, 2021) Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (March 4, 2021) Coronavirus – Uganda: COVID-19 update (March 4, 2021) Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (March 4, 2021) Coronavirus – Eswatini: COVID-19 update (March 4, 2021) Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (March 4, 2021) Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 update (March 4, 2021) Coronavirus – Eritrea: Ministry of Health announcement (March 4, 2021) “The Experimenting Public Relations Book is our contribution to the body of knowledge in Public Relations,” says Olorundero.