National Director of “Clean Nigeria :Use the Toilet campaign” Mrs Opara Chizoba has put the number of Nigerians still practicing open defecation at 46 million.
Chizoba who said this recently in an interview with the Tide in Port Harcourt
However said the number can be reduced if every Nigerian remains committed to ending open defecation in the country.
She said the Indian example should serve to encourage Nigerians to join hands with the government to end open defecation in the country.
According to her, “if the likes of India had actually been able to move 550 million people away from ODF and end open defecation in the rural areas ,Nigeria can do it,” she said.
Meanwhile, reports from the clean Nigerian: Use the toilet campaign office says 57 local government areas in Nigeria have attained an open defecation free status.
According to the reports,the local governments are located in eleven states in the country.
It listed the states as kastina with 16 local government areas,Jigawa 14 local government areas and cross river state sit local government areas.
The rest are;Benue eight,Bauchi five ,Kano three and Anambra one.
Also are ;Akwa Ibom one,Zamfara one ,Kaduna and Osun states also shared one each. In Rivers state,Opobo /Nkoro and Akuku Toru local government areas are at the verge of being certified ODF free according to the report. It would be recalled that Nigeria currently ranks number one open defecation nation in the world.
The country succeeded India which excited the number one rank last year.
The number of Nigerians currently engaged in the act has been put at 46 million while in rivers state , the percentage of people indulging in open defecation is put at 14.
Speaking on the issue in an interview with the Tide in port Harcourt he coordinates clean Nigeria: Use the toilet campaign” Mrs Opara Chizoba blamed said attitudinal problem was responsible for the high figure
She said citizens must be ready to change their attitudes stressing that until this is done nothing can be achieved as far as the campaign was concerned.
According to her,India has shown the way it is left for Nigerians to copy.
She said her office will continue to sensitize Nigerians on health complications of not defecating in the open
Also speaking,General manager of the rivers state rural water supply and sanitation agency(RUWASSA) Mr Napoleon Adah said rivers state will not be left out as far as the programme was concerned.
By: John Bibor / Miracle Peters
SanitationTaskforce Inaugurates Enforcement Agents
Chairman of the Taskforce, Chief Isoboye Jack gave the charge,at a one day capacity building workshop organised by the taskforce for the enforcement agents in port Harcourt.
Jack urged them to use minimal force in their dealing with the public, adding that anyone caught violating the sanitation laws should be arrested and handed over to the police.
He warned against activities that will tarnish the image of the committee, stressing that the taskforce will not tolerate any act that will bring it into disrepute.
Jack said their responsibility is to enforce all sanitation laws against dumping of refuse at unspecified hours as well as dumping on road medians.
He also said his committee has already mapped out strategies towards sensitising the public on the hazards associated with indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Speaking with newsmen later,the chairman said plans are underway to revive the monthly environmental sanitation exercise,as well as bring back the mobile sanitation court.
Also speaking, a member of the taskforce, Hon.Joshua Olu warned them to avoid alcohol while on duty,noting that they are expected to work with the police to get those who violate the law arrested.
He said enforcement agents will be sent to all nooks and crannies of Port Harcourt city and environs to monitor compliance to refuse laws
Meanwhile, the state police command has pledged to cooperate with the committee to ensure its success.
A Chief Superintendent of Police Kerian Ibe from the Operation Department of the State police command said the police will work with the team to ensure compliance with the law.
He also warned them against taking the laws into their hands.
Secretary of the enforcement agents princess ibiene ogan said they will work hard to return port Harcourt to it garden city status.
Community Claims Ownership Of Andoni River Estuary
The community said this in a press briefing in Port Harcourt.
The briefing is against the background of claims by some communities in Andoni Local Government Area disputing the ownership of the Andoni River Estuary.
Briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, a member of the Chief Council Chief Joshua Loveday said Muma’s ownership of the Andoni river estuary can never be in dispute since muma is the first community to settle in that estuary.
He said other fishing settlements that sprang up around the estuary were allegedly given lands by muma.
“The issue we have now is that there are alot of information spreading round Andoni over who owns Andoni River estuary .
“We know right from time ,even published by the British government in 1931 by Jeffreys intelligence Report on Andoni tribe .’adding that the report stated that Muma was the first community in that axis of Andoni.
He also said the NGO clan council of Chiefs had also settled the matter in favour of muma adding that since then the council has been inviting the muma council of chiefs to a meeting.
According to him the Andoni Traditional Rulers council ought to liase with the Muma council of chiefs on any issues concerning the Andoni River Estuary.
Chief Elect Joshua also called on companies operating in the Area to deal with mumaOn any matter concerning the area.
Joshua also cited the Rivers state law which stated that any community closer to a place is the host community.
Councillor Decries Flooding In Rivers Community
This was contained in a post by the media unit of the office of the councillor.
According to the post the lawmaker who spoke under motion for urgent importance said something needs to be done to save the community from being submerged by flood.
He said the situation has heighten agitation in the area especially now that the rains has fully set in.
Bibo blamed the situation on the continuous encroachment on water right of ways by property developers and the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canals and drainages thereby blocking the free flow of water into the river.
He also called on the executive arm of the council to put in place policies to check the trend.
Meanwhile some indigenes of Otunria community have sent a save our soul message to the Andoni Local Government Council and the state government over the continous flooding of the community.
Mr Idante John, an indigene of Otunria Ngo Town said flooding has affected both commercial activities,while the Ngo health centre sited at Otunria is experiencing low activities as a result of the flooding.
Idante called on the government to come to the aid of the community by constructing drainages and roads in the area.
Other residents who spoke on the issue said some of their property have been destroyed by flood in the community.
They said their sources of livelihood have also been affected and called for urgent attention by the government to check the situation.
It would be recalled that Otunria is one of the major communities in Ngo town headquarters of Andoni Local sent Area.
Otunria houses the Ngo health centre,the model secondary school and other government amenities.
Some residents also access the General Hospital and Magistrate Court Ngo through Otunria
It was against this background that the people are calling on the government to come to their aid.
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