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NESREA advocates community intervention to tackle open defecation in Gombe



The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has called on community leaders in Gombe to assist in tackling the menace of open defecation in the state.

Mr Ibrahim Kawu, the Acting State Coordinator of NESREA made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Gombe on Friday.

NAN reports that open defecation is the practice where people go out to bushes, forests, fields, open bodies of water or other open spaces rather than using toilet to defecate.

Kawu said that the increasing cases of open defecation was polluting the environment and could lead to serious health problems for communities if not addressed, stressing that “ there are links between environmental pollution and transmission of diseases.’’

According to him, the community must intervene to assist relevant agencies at the state and federal levels through community-based sanitation programmes as well as sanctions for environmental abuse.

“Ending open defecation is a task for all stakeholders and not just the state or federal government alone. This is a big environmental challenge that must be addressed in view of its connection to health-related challenges.

“ There is issue of lack of implementation of environmental and sanitation laws at local government levels and villages. There are no sanctions or implementation of sanctions.You abuse and pollute the environment and nothing happens.

“Since the environment supports the sustainability of human lives, efforts towards protecting the environment is our indirect way of sustaining human lives.The menace must be tackled to enhance a healthy environment for everyone,’’ he said.

Kawu stated that communities should sensitise people on the overall dangers of open defecation on not just the environment but on human lives while advocating compulsory use of toilet in their domains.

He added that communities must adopt effective waste management system in rural areas to address specific environmental and sanitation challenges confronting them, stressing that such measure had become imperative to tackle pollution in rural areas.

While calling for more sensitisations on the danger of open defecation to discourage the practice, Kawu called on private individuals to invest in building toilets for commercial purposes.

Edited By: Abigael Joshua/Isaac Ukpoju

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