By Ahmed Ahmed

The Bauchi state Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) and stakeholders partners Media to curb the scourge of open defecation in the state.

Engineer Garba Babaji Magsji the General Manager of state Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA Mr Garba Magaji made the disclosure at one day sensitization and partnership meeting organise for water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Coordinators and Community radio personnel in Bauchi

He said the prevalence of open defecation becomes worrisome with alarming statistics that shows about three million people practice open defecation while out of 10,000 communities 6,000 practice open defecation while 4,000 used toilets facilities.

The GM said that is why the state Governor Bala Mohammed was disturbed with the prevalence of open defecation among the people and directed stakeholders to workout strategies to reduce the prevalence.

“The Governor directed all stakeholders in the WASH sector to redouble efforts and work towards meeting the water supply and sanitation needs and eliminate open defecation in the state.

“The statistics on open defecation, access water services and sanitation in the state are disturbing”, he said.

According to him, we organise the sensitization and partnership workshop for WASH stakeholders in the communities and media personnel to strengthen the partnership and work towards attaining the position of eliminating open defecation.

He explained that open defecation has negative effects in the society’s public health educational attendance and socio-economic development of the state.

On her part, Mrs Juliana Enoch the program officer Sanitation and Hygiene RUWASA stressed the need for straightening the partnership between WASH stakeholders and the media on awareness creation to educate people on how to drop open defecation habits.

She noted that the Media are charged with the responsibility of creating Programs on public hygiene that encourage sanitation and personal hygiene.

“Those Programs would encourage individuals to take up the responsibility of enhancing their hygiene as well as overall health.

“Knowing the importance of their environments and work towards ensuring that they do not harm themselves by partaking in open defecation,” he said.

Also speaking the Director Community Radio Bauchi Radio Corporation (BRC) Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Commended RUWASA for the collaboration that would bring to end open defecation and improve hygiene in the state.

He assured the cooperation of all the 10 community Radio and the effective performance of the personnel to work out strategies and awareness to curb the menace of open defecation.

Mrs Ishaq Abass in his presentation described the alarming rate of open defecation has concerned on the healthcare of the state.

He urged the stakeholders to do more in the WASH sector.By improving sanitation and hygiene is fundamental to child survival , socio-economic, health, nutrition and learning.

On his part Mr David Ayodele Media experts in his presentation tasked the Journalists to engage in investigative reporting if salience issues of Sanitation and hygiene.

He said the salience issues revolve all around the communities especially marketplace, Motor Parks, public places, according to him this types of report will improve sanitation and hygiene in the state

He however calls on WASH stakeholders to enhance journalists with all necessary information and clues on viable information that will help in the fight against open defecation in the state.

Our correspondent reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2019 declared a state of emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector,
urging state Governments to complement this effort by according the sector similar recognition to achieve the SDG targets for.

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