67 Communities In Bauchi Lack Toilet Facilities

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No fewer than 67 communities in Gamawa local government area of Bauchi state lack toilet facilities.
The water sanitation and hygiene, wash coordinator of Gamawa local government, Mohammed Majaji, stated this yesterday during a Vote4 WASH pledge card development meeting, organised by the Network for Water and Sanitation of Nigeria, NEWSAN, with funding from Water Aid Nigeria and supported by the Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation HSBC.
The meeting which drew stakeholders from Zaki and Gamawa local government area of the state, was aimed at sensitising electorate in the Bauchi Northern Senatorial zone on their rights to demand for improved water and hygiene services from their leaders seeking various elective offices by using the power of their votes.
The WASH Coordinator demanded for the construction of smart toilets in public places such as schools, markets, motor parks and hospitals in Gamawa local government to encourage people to cultivate the culture of using toilets, thereby discouraging open defecation. “
There should be more public private partnership between the government and market associations for the construction of more latrines and smart toilets in communities.
This will go a long way to improve hygiene and reduce contacting infectious diseases,” he said.
Also in their separate submissions of WASH priorities during the meeting, the Chairman of Gamawa Ward Development Community, Ahmed Abba Juji and WASH Coordinator, Zaki local government, Bala Tata, demanded for the construction of more smart toilets in public places, repairs of broken boreholes, construction of refuse dumps at strategic areas, provision of VIP latrines in schools, worship places, hospitals and motor parks at the two local governments.
Earlier in his address, the Programme Officer, NEWSAN, Mr Nicole Kankani, said with the 2019 elections around the corner, the electorate should use the power of their votes to demand for improved water, sanitation and hygiene services from their leaders because it is their right.
“Another opportunity is here again for you to demand from your leaders those services that will improve your lives in the area of education, health, hygiene and water, instead of collecting salt and sugar.If you miss this opportunity, you have to wait another four years to make another demand,” he said