States must sign “Executive Order” on Open Defecation – FG

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From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

Nigerian State governments will be made to sign the Federal Government’s executive order against open defecation to curb its effects.

The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu said, Friday that community leaders and other critical stakeholders were also needed for the success of the campaign.

“This Executive Order against Open Defecation by Mr. President cannot work without the involvement of both states and local governments in the country. This is because the people are not living in Abuja, but the states. The federal government will also need the involvement of community leaders, religious leaders, market women”

“In all strata of the society, people practice all this bad open defecation. This campaign is for everyone. Its everybody’s’ business to support it,” Adamu said at the 26th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Water Resources in Minna, Niger state.

The Niger State Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani at the event said the state is committed to the well-being of its citizens and has started implementing the policy.

“We have already endorsed the protocol for the Effective, Water, Sanitizer and Hygiene Services, E-WASH, supported by USAID for the people of the state. We are also committed to providing all the necessary framework for the water policy put in place by the federal government,” Gov. Bello told journalists through the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Alh. Ahmed Matane.

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