FG Invites Ganduje For ‘Clean Nigeria Campaign‘ -As the governor moves to appoint SA Environmental Sanitation
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Appreciating the efforts Governor Ganduje of Kano State is making in environmental sanitation and health programmes, the Federal Government has invited the governor to attend the “Clean Nigeria: Use The Toilet” campaign, slated for November 19, 2019.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Sulaiman Hussaini Adamu, when he paid a courtesy visit to the governor at Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja on Tuesday to brief the governor on the upcoming campaign, a statement by the governor’ Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar said.
The minister lamented that “Nigeria is currently the country with the highest number of people practicing open defecation in Africa and ranks second globally with an estimated 47 million people involved the practice.”
According to him, with the slow operationalization of the National Road map to eliminate open defecation in the country by 2025, the ministry has found it extremely necessary to evolve new and workable strategies towards achieving the target.
He further urged the governor to be around during the launch of the programme, adding that the campaign will be launched by President Buhahi.
The Minister added that the ministry was very glad to learn of the efforts the Kano State Government is making in environmental sanitation in the state.
“Without political will and good political leadership the programmes cannot see the light of the day. We are sure the political leadership in Kano will give us that good chance,” he said.
In his remarks, Governor Ganduje said that the programme is a task that must be done.
“To encourage and sustain healthy environment, I am going to appoint Special Adviser on Environmental Sanitation. This will help in hastening processes without letting bureaucratic bottleneck to slow down the efforts,” Ganduje said.
According to the governer, for the programme and other similar programmes to succeed, emphasis must be given to education, public enlightenment and enforcement.
“It is almost three years now since Polio was eradicated in our country. To drive this and other diseases away from our communities, we must make our environment healthy, clean and comfortable,” he stated.
He added that Kano State Government has built many public toilets to effectively control the menace of open defecation, adding that the government is inviting private sector to key in as it will go a long way in maintaining healthier environment.