As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2019 World Toilet Day, with the theme, “Leaving No One Behind”, Wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has admonished women in the State to embrace good personal hygiene and sanitation, in order to forestall the spread of killer diseases.
In her quest to promote good hygiene and sanitation in the state, Mrs. Akeredolu organised “WASH N’ PLAY ” initiative to commemorate the day and the launching of the Clean Nigeria Campaign.
According to her Special Assistant on media, Tobilola Fademi, the WASH N’ PLAY Initiative was aimed at raising awareness on the state of WASH infrastructure in public schools in Ondo State and further increasing citizens’ participation to solve the Water Sanitation and Hygiene,(WASH) problems.
To this end, a fundraising novelty match has also been organised to mark this event, so as to enable interested persons contribute towards creating a disease-free environment.
Fademi noted that, the funds raised will be used to construct toilet and water facilities in selected public schools with the worst WASH indices.
For about two years, the Wife of the Governor, through one of her Foundations, Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu Foundation (BAAF), with the support of Ondo State citizens has provided not less than 24 toilet units and water facilities for schools in Ondo State.
Some of the beneficiaries include Ilu Abo High School in Akure North Local Government and Okeigbo Grammar School, in Ile Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government.
While calling for collective actions in curbing inter-border sanitation crisis and revealing the importance of toilet in saving lives of the people, Mrs. Akeredolu affirmed that the United Nations set aside every 19th of November as World Toilet day to raise awareness on sanitation and hygiene in our communities.
She said “the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu understands the importance of the celebration and is determined to tackle sanitation challenges in the State, saying it is part of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically the Goal 6 which promises sanitation for every household by 2030”.
Arabinrin further hinted that available records show that across the world, 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation, 673 million still practice open defecation, while three billion lack basic hand washing facilities.
She added that while in Nigeria, 47 million people do not use toilets, causing nearly 87,000 diarrhoea related deaths in children under the age of five and therefore advised women to teach their children/wards basic hygiene and always pay attention to those people left behind without sanitation.
The First Lady also advised every individual to use hygienic toilet facilities, where human waste are safely disposed and prevented from causing endemic diseases.