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Shun open defecation, Ogun rural dwellers urged

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Rural dwellers across Ogun State have been enjoined to shun open defecation and endeavour to construct latrines for appropriate disposal of their feaces. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development in the state, Mrs Olayinka Kukoyi gave this charge at a training programme for facilitators on the Community-Led-Total sanitation (CLTs) Approaches, an initiative of the Federal and state governments. Represented by the Programme Manager, Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWATSAN), Mr Olatokunbo Sonde, Mrs. Kukoyi revealed that doing this would help keep communicable diseases such as cholera and diarrhea at bay and enhance healthy living. She reiterated that the state government would continue to provide enabling environment to improve standard of living in the rural areas by implementing existing laws and creating relevant agencies such as RUWATSAN, as well as collaborate with relevant stakeholders to reduce the habit of open defecation.

Read more in the Nigerian Tribune, 29th April 2013

Date: 12 May 2013