EnvironmentHealthNewsFG To Construct 10,000 Public Toilets To End Open Defecation In Abuja


ABUJA — The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it plans to construct 10,000 public toilets in strategic locations to end open defecation across the FCT.

The Acting Director, FCT Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Mohammed Dan-Hassan, said this at a sensitisation programme for residents on the risks of open defecation, on Monday in Abuja.

Dan-Hassan disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had 2018 launched an emergency on water sanitation and hygiene in the country, signaling the declaration of emergency on open defecation in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

He said that in actualisation of the president’s directives, the construction of the toilets was one of the roadmaps to end open defecation in the territory by 2025, which was in consonance with federal and global targets.

“There is an Executive Order 009 which in 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari launched an emergency on water sanitation and hygiene which means declaration all over the country on hygiene, so FCT is not an exception.

“Our agency, RUWASSA which is responsible for all this with the support from donor agencies and development partners, will construct 10,000 public toilets in strategic locations in the territory,” he said.

The director stated that about 29 to 30 per cent of the FCT population practice open defecation. Hence, the need for massive construction of public toilets to halt the situation.

He assured that the toilets would bring about improvement in safe water and sanitation in every locality in the city.

Dan-Hassan said the agency was not only going to construct the toilets but would ensure that there was behavioural change among the residents.

“When the facilities are there, the people should use them properly by maintaining them. The people must have a change of attitude about public toilet considering the importance,” he added.

Earlier, Aisha Bakpet, the Head of Sanitation Department of the agency, assured us that the agency would continue to intensify education and awareness campaigns across the territory to ensure that residents embrace the use of toilets.

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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