The Kwara State Government has expressed its willingness to partner with UNICEF or any donor agency to eliminate the issue of open defecation in the state.
During a courtesy visit by UNICEF’s WASH specialist, Mrs. Theressa Pammer, to the Commissioner for Water Resources, Usman Yunusa Lade, in Ilorin, the state capital, the commissioner affirmed that the state government has allocated N200 million to provide toilets and other WASH facilities in healthcare and educational institutions, as well as marketplaces across the state.
The commissioner highlighted that the state government recently launched a campaign against open defecation as part of its efforts to educate and sensitize the public about the importance of having proper toilet facilities.
Usman emphasized that discussions have been initiated with members of the state and national assemblies to encourage them to support the state government’s efforts by providing WASH facilities in their respective constituencies, thereby eradicating open defecation throughout the state.
He also appealed to individuals, organizations, and NGOs to assist the state in this endeavor.
UNICEF’s WASH specialist, Mrs. Theressa Pammer, explained that she visited the state to assess how UNICEF could support Kwara in eliminating open defecation. She expressed concern about the high percentage of people consuming contaminated water and practicing open defecation in the state, stressing the need for stringent measures to address the problem.
Pammer emphasized that educational institutions, healthcare centers, and public places in the state should be equipped with WASH facilities, highlighting the importance of hygiene for a healthy environment.
She urged the Kwara State Government to work towards achieving 100% access to safe drinking water for the people, as the state has the potential to set an example for others to follow. UNICEF pledged its ongoing support to Kwara State in this undertaking.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Christiana Asonibare, expressed appreciation to the UNICEF specialist for her visit and willingness to assist the state government. She called for a strong collaboration between UNICEF and the state government to propel Kwara to greater achievements in this area.