As the health hazard of open defecation continues to rage in the nation’s capital, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has called on the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to enact a law that will authorise the demolition of homes without toilet facilities in the area council which is the centre of the nation’s capital.
This charge was given recently by the Minister in Area 10, Abuja, venue of the inauguration of 12 community development committees by chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido.
The Minister who was represented by Alh. Jibril Shaba, Director, Community Development in the FCT queried the rationale for open defecation in the nation’s capital or anywhere at all in the country and decried the health hazards.
The FCT Minister stated that it was unfortunate that Nigeria is number 50 in global open defecation ratting. A situation that has cost the country millions in health and deaths.
He said the situation was responsible for cholera, diarrhea and typhoid fever which have led to deaths in communities.
He called on public spirited individuals and organisations to help in building public toilets and bore holes to ameliorate the situation. He gave the example of Dogon Ruwa community in the FCT where the working arrangement for open defecation is for all adult males to go north, women south while the youths go west, meanwhile the source of the only stream used by the community is in the North where the males go.
As Candido inaugurated the 12 committees for the 12 political wards of the area council, the Minister noted that community ownership of projects was necessary for participation just as participation guarantees sustainability.
He commended AMAC for being the first to inaugurate the committees and decried the dearth of rural amenities and infrastructure while charging members of the committee to go after corporate organisations operating within the FCT for funding as their social corporate responsibility to the people.