Open Defecation: State Launches House To House Inspection

In its bid to curb open defecation, the Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency (KWEPA), has launched a house to house inspection campaign in Ilorin, the state capital.

The agency flagged off the campaign at Sango area in Ilorin East local government area.

Environmental health officers and some members of staff of the KWEPA, thereafter inspected houses in the area to ascertain provision of toilet facilities in the buildings.

In the course of inspection, 20 houses in the area were issued with abatement notices for lack of toilet facilities, while those with soak away systems that have not been evacuated; and another one referred to as a source of water contamination also received abatement notices.

The General Manager of the agency, Alh Sa’ad Dan-Musa said that the agency commenced the house to house inspection from Sango area due to complaints received from residents about the environmental polution in the area as a result of open defecation by the people.

Dan-Musa said the agency will provide waste bags for shop owners in the area at a token for waste disposal, adding that waste disposal contractors would be assigned to pick the bags up on weekly basis.

The head of department, Waste Management, Mrs Olawumi Adedotun urged the environmental officers charged with the responsibility of the house to house inspection to discharge their duties effectively.

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