24 November 2020 By Mathew Ayoola
Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB has advised residents of the Federal Capital Territory against open defecation in the Territory.
The Director of AEPB, Doctor Hassan Abubakar gave the advice in Abuja at a stakeholders forum organized to mark this year’s World Toilet Day with the theme “Sustainable Sanitation With Climate Change”
Doctor Abubakar said the advice became necessary to avoid outbreak of diseases and make Abuja a befitting capital city worthy of emulation.
He said the importance of achieving sustainable sanitation include improved well being, good health, socio economic development and brighter future for the nation and her citizens.
“One other benefit of achieving safely managed sanitation is the wealth that could be generated from the feaces itselt as this can be seen in many advanced nations of the world today where the feaces itself is considered a very important resource that could be used to generate wealth” he stated
He therefore called on stakeholders in the sanitation sector to prioritize sanitation and embrace technological advancement in ensuring a more environmental friendly society.
“As the World marks the 2020 World Toilet Day, we must realize that when nature calls, it is not a time to defecate openly which is detrimental to the environment but rather, it is time to replenish nature add value to life and contribute to a sustainable ecosystem” Doctor Abubakar emphasized
While reiterating the determination of AEPB towards realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs 6, Doctor Hassan Abubakar reminded Nigerians on the need to ensure universal access to toilet by 2030
In a keynote address, the Minister of FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello represented by the Chairman, Board of AEPB, Bawuro Yahaya commended AEPB for organizing the forum towards ensuring good sanitary condition in the FCT
The Minister said plans are already on ground to provide more toilets in the Territory.
He therefore warned residents of the Territory to desist from open defecation to avoid outbreak of diseases.