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The Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) has called on governments, relevant stakeholders and the general public to take action on open defecation to ensure that the country becomes open defecation free.
To herald the weeklong FOMWAN week, the association will be visiting correctional homes, orphanages home and adult homes to donate food items.
The Amirah, FOMWAN Lagos State Chapter, Dr. Halima Egberongbe, said the theme of this year’s week ‘Behavioural and Environmental Challenges in Today’s Society’ is a call to action for all stakeholders as it reflects the world Environmental day, which falls on June 1, 2022, with a theme ‘Only one Earth’.
She said the purpose of FOMWAN week is to enable us to assess our activities for the year with a view to identifying any gaps and ensuring improvement on existing projects that would make a positive impact on society.
She noted that these past years, the association was busy with impactful activities the previous years.
“FOMWAN has made provision of water to communities by providing a total of 11 boreholes to seven local governments, constant visits to hospitals, correctional homes, orphanages, patrons, matrons and past elderly executives with material and financial resources.”
He added that this year’s programme starts with a press briefing, which reviewed the association’s achievements for the past year.
“Activities for the second day are marked by visits to the market places, correctional and old people’s homes and orphanages. This will include advocacy on open defecation and cleaning of the environment, which has been fashioned into the week’s programme. It will also include sensitisation on the negative impact of open defecation and creation of awareness on benefits of maintaining a cleaner environment.”
She noted that FOMWAN Lagos would also use the opportunity to launch the anti-open defecation programme to further inform communities about the benefits of maintaining a healthy environment. “This will be followed by cleaning of public places like markets, mosques, and Local government premises by each Local Government and Local Council Development Areabranch of the association on days three and four.
“The fifth day, which is also humanitarian day, will be lectures and symposiums to reflect the theme of the week. This will involve all stakeholders as topics on drug abuse, religious intolerance, security, parenting, cybercrime, and corruption will be discussed.
“The grand finale will be a thanksgiving session of members from all councils and development area branches to wrap up the week’s activities.”
Meanwhile, Ibeju Lekki Local Government has built toilets for the community.