In commemoration of the 2022 World Toilet Day marked on Saturday, the Lagos State Government says it has constructed 167 public toilets in selected areas of the state.
A statement by the Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Kunle Adeshina, noted that the state had also registered over 635 public toilet operators to prevent open defecation. The 2022 World Toilet Day has the theme ‘Sanitation and Groundwater’. According to the World Health Organisation, about 3.6 billion people do not have toilets across the world.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on November 20, 2019, signed an Executive Order 009 titled, ‘The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order’ to eliminate the practice of open defecation in the country.
At an event to commemorate the day at the Lagos Island Local Government Secretariat, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr Tajudeen Gaji, who was represented by the Deputy Director of Sanitation Services, Mrs Janet Balogun, restated the government’s commitment to end open defecation and other sanitation challenges in the state. The vice chairman of the local government, Rosul Esinlokun, who represented the chairman, stressed the need to continuously.