Kwara state government to tackle open defecation with N200m

The Kwara State State Government has expressed its readiness to collaborate with any donor agency to eradicate open defecation in the state.

The state Commissioner for Water Resources, Usman Yunusa Lade, gave the assurance when the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Wash Specialist, Theressa Pammer, visited his office in Ilorin, the state capital.

The commissioner stated that the state government has set aside the sum of N200 million to provide toilets and other wash facilities in the health and education institutions and marketplaces.

Lade stressed that the state government has recently flagged off a campaign against open defecation as part of the state government’s effort to educate, enlighten and sensitise the public on the need to have toilet facilities in their domain.

He emphasised that the state and National Assembly members from the state have been contacted on the need to complement the effort of the state government by providing wash facilities in their constituencies to eradicate open defecation across the state.

He also appealed to well-meaning individuals, organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to join the government’s efforts in this direction.

On her part, the UNICEF Wash Specialist from the Kaduna office, Theresa Pammer, briefed the management of the ministry that she was in the state to see how her organization could support the state in eliminating open defecation.

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