5 months after banning open defecation Gombe inaugurates committee for implementation

Five months after signing an executive order banning open defecation in Gombe, the state government has inaugurated a steering committee for the implementation of the order.

Daily Telescope recall that the order was signed by the state governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya in December 2020.

The government had ban open defecation and declared a state of emergency on the Provision of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (PWASH) in the state.

The state’s commissioner of water resources, Alhaji Mijinyawa Yahaya said, the ban was part of the effort to implement the PWASH project of the Federal Government in Gombe.

It was observed that four months after the ban on open defecation, public places such as sidewalk and roundabouts in parts of the metropolis was still being used by residents for public convenience.

Mijinyawa said the order is yet to be implemented as the team was working to develop an action plan needed for the full implementation.

He said: “After the signing of the order, we have been working, we have been able to develop an Official Development Assostance (ODA) road map for Gombe state and within this period of the declaration we have keyed into the national ODA road map.

“Having gotten the Governor’s approval we have inaugurated the state steering committee for the full implementation of the order. we have equally inaugurated the state secretariate which is tagged the Clean Gombe Secretariate,” the commissioner said.

He further explained that the target for Gombe was to be open defecation free by the year 2025.

“This is in line with the federal government’s declaration. We have been able to do the declaration as directed by the federal government and we are now doing the internal works and the full implementation which will soon come into full force”.

“Sensitization is part of the full implementation of the ban, sensitization, advocacy, and the campaign will take over 70 percent of the implementation because the need to know the dangers associated with open defecation, people need to be acquainted with health hazard related to open defecation,” Mijinyawa stated.

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