In a bid to put a stop to open defaecation in the society, the Muslim Women Association in Nigeria, FOMWAN, has called on governments at all levels to penalise any offender found guilty of the unhealthy act to serve as deterrent to others.
The Ondo state chapter of the association gave the advise during a press conference held to mark ‘FOMWAN Week’ for this year held in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Speaking on this year’s theme: “My Community My Pride: Promoting General Wellbeing & Stopping Open Defaecation”, the state President of the Association, Alhaja Aminat Abibunllah Akinpelumi said the association had taken the campaign to the grassroots and had visited the correctional homes, motherless homes, schools and carried out environmental sanitations at various mosques to sensitize the people on the dangers of open defaecation.
Alhaja Akinpelumi highlighted dangers of open defaecation which she said contaminated the environment, spread diseases, unfriendly to the community and did not promote wellness to the people.
While calling on religious leaders and governments at all levels to intensify efforts on continuous sensitization, she urged stakeholders, particularly assets owners like the landlords and the general public to ensure the provision of toilet facilities in their various abode as she applauded the State government for providing toilets in market places.
According to her, the week is an annual event which allows the association to take stock of all its activities, review and work towards bringing in more innovative ideas for the good of the larger society.
She commended state and local government executives for their unrelenting efforts, saying FOMWAN is committed to fast-tracking behavioural changes among the people.
The state Chairman of Community Development and Humanitarian Committee, Alhaja Rafat Momoh who also spoke, restated FOMWAN’s commitment to making the community a better place, especially in the areas of restoring the values of honesty, integrity, love among others which has eroded the society in recent times.
While highlighting the importance of living in a safe, clean environment, Momoh appreciated the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for building a befitting mosque inside the Government House and called for more women representation in government to address issues that directly affect them.