Bauchi local councils to jail residents for open defecation

LGCs to sensitize their communities
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By: Rauf Olayemi, Bauchi

Bauchi State

Summary

Ganjuwa and Toro Local Government Areas of Bauchi of State have enacted bye-laws to jail residents who defecate openly for two months or fine of N10,000.

The bye-law also imposed a N20,000 fine or 3 months imprisonment for any person or group of persons that construct a toilet other than pit latrine or water closet.

Speaking shortly after signing the bye- law at the Palace of the District Head of Ganjuwa, the Chairman of Ganjuwa Local Government, Alhaji Baba Gidado said that health personnel and traditional rulers in the area have been given all the support required to educate the public on the danger of open defecation.

He recalled various water schemes provided by the UNICEF in the area including 300 hand pump boreholes, 50 motorized boreholes and 50 VIP latrines, saying that,
"my council needs more of such supports in future and would therefore enforce the law on open defecation preparatory to the validation exercise slated for march by UNICEF."

The District Head of Ganjuwa, Alhaji Ahmed Baba Gidado said already, traditional and religious leaders of the community have since been sensitised on the danger of Indiscriminate open defecation and the health hazards associated with it, promising that no human faeces would be noticed during UNICEF validation trip.

Similarly, the Chairman of Toro LG, Alhahi Adamu Danyaro Geji said Toro Community Radio and the information unit of the council would partner religious and community leaders in ensuring that contents of the enacted bye- law were disseminated to enforce compliance.

In his remark at Toro and Ganjuwa, the spokesman of UNICEF, Abdullahi Abdulsalam implored stakeholders of the two LGCs to sensitize their communities so that the council could scale UNICEF validation exercise that would subsequently qualify them as open defecation free local governments.