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JCI donates toilets as students complain of infections

By Kehinde Olatunji
23 September 2021   |   2:50 am
Junior Chamber International (JCI), Ikeja, a non-governmental organisation in partnership with Azvina Foundation has donated six toilets to Comprehensive High School

Junior Chamber International (JCI), Ikeja, a non-governmental organisation in partnership with Azvina Foundation has donated six toilets to Comprehensive High School, Ketu-Alapere, Lagos State, as female students contract toilet infections from existing ones.

A former principal of the school had complained to the NGO that students, especially the females were contracting infections from the existing toilets due to very few latrines available.

During the commissioning, Project Team Lead, Ruth Idown stated that JCI took up the project to build the toilets as the school only had six toilets for over 2000 female students.

Also, students of the school told The Guardian that their parents had warned them to resist the urge to use the school toilets, corroborating that many of their friends had contracted infections.

“They had six toilets for 2,000 female students and six for 500 male students. Initially we wanted to renovate the existing ones but we felt if we renovate them, there will be pressure on it. A former principal had complained to us that female students were always complaining of infections. It was one of the reasons for the motivation for the newly constructed ones.

“I’m emotional coming from the fact that I know personal relatives, especially women that have not been able to conceive just because of infections they had in the past. As a female and mother, I took it upon myself to make sure that this project becomes a reality today.”

On his part, National Director of Communications, Femi Alagbala lamented the state of most government-owned schools, urging the government to be deliberate in the discharge of its duties and ensure students are in a conducive environment of learning. The school principal, Mr. Adedeji Adesanmi, commended the gesture, saying: “We are very happy for this kind gestures coming from young Nigerians. I am amazed we still have young people with good intentions and initiative. I pray for God’s wisdom upon them and for His reward to locate them. We promise to put this project to good use.”

Also, National President of Junior Chamber International Nigeria; JCIN Ambassador Abiola Olorunnisola who expressed excitement for the project also encouraged the school to put it to good use and ensure it is well maintained.