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Kano moves to check open defecation

The Kano State Government, on Thursday, announced measures aimed at checking open defecation in the state, especially in rural communities.

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the state governor on sanitation, Alhaji Jafaru Gwarzo, said that the measures would ensure strict adherence to environmental sanitation laws in the state.

He said that “in continuation of what we have been doing toward promoting sanitation and improving the physical environment, we are taking steps to check open defecation in our rural areas.

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“We want to check direct and indiscriminate discharge of wastewater from premises, including commercial, residential and industrial areas.”

Gwarzo said that the move was to ensure strict adherence to environmental sanitation laws across the 44 local government areas of the state.

According to him, it is becoming common practice among some residents to discharge wastewater openly.

“This common attitude of unhygienic practice is a threat to lives and can cause an outbreak of infectious diseases.

“We are going to evolve proper ways of eradicating such behaviours with the support and cooperation of all stakeholders.”

The SSA said there would be a collaboration between relevant state ministries, including the Refuse Management and Sanitation Agency (REMASAB), other agencies and stakeholders.