Ogun government on Saturday, called for increased collaboration from local government authorities, traditional institutions and community leaders, over its ongoing campaign against open defecation.
Mrs Yetunde Dina, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment made the call in Sagamu when she led a team of sanitation officials on a sensitisation campaign to the local government.
Dina said it was imperative for government to enlist the support of such respected members of the society, to strengthen the campaign so as to reach out to every nook and cranny of the state.
Dina, who noted the harzadous health implication of the practice, warned that the government would not tolerate open defecation in streams and other water channels by residents.
She said that landlords of 15 houses without toilets and those with defective facilities in Ita-Oba, Itunla and Ado areas of the local government, discovered during the exercise, had been issued a 21-day abatement notice.
She warned those concerned to comply or have their houses sealed.
The Alado of Ado -Sagamu, Oba Amisu Tijani, who hosted the sensitisation team, commended the state government for its efforts at eradicating the menace and pledged the support of the traditional institutions for the move.
Edited by Olabisi Akinbode/Dada Ahmed