Obaseki tasks youths on innovations, open defecation
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has urged young people to join the global effort to improve sanitation and end open defecation by developing solutions to the burden of unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene that threatens health and well-being of half of the global population.
The governor, who gave the charge in a commemoration of this year’s World Toilet Day, noted that the government is committed to ending open defecation, ensuring access to adequate, affordable and sustainable sanitation facilities across the state.
He said: “This year’s World Toilet Day is yet another opportunity to find a sustainable solution to the burden of unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene that threatens the health of about 3.6 billion people or almost half of the global population, according to the United Nations.
“It is also a clarion call to young people across the world to join the global effort in seeking a lasting solution to this challenge by exploring smart technologies to address the hydra-headed problem in their various communities.”
He stressed his government’s commitment to ending open defecation across all communities in Edo State, saying: “For us as a government, we are of the belief that everyone should have access to hygienic, safe and sustainable sanitation; a strategy we have adopted to significantly reduce the spread of and deaths from infectious diseases such as cholera.”