B; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Deputy Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Muhammed Abiodun Fadeyi on Monday hinted that open defecation will soon become a punishable offence in and across the state
Speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, Honourable Fadeyi disclosed that as soon as the bill he sponsored on open defecation in Oyo state becomes law, offenders will be liable to one week punishment or N5,000 fine .
The lawmaker representing Ona Ara state constituency in the Oyo state House of Assembly maintained that the proposed law is sequel to a bill he sponsored at the floor of the Assembly that will henceforth made any resident of the state found guilty of defecating openly in any part of the state liable.
“We need to eradicate open defecation in the state. When it becomes law, any person who defacate faeces in an open place commits an offence and is liable to a fine of N5,000 or non-custodial punishment for one week”, he said.
Honourable Fadeyi added, “I have sponsored another bill, it is known as “Oyo State Open defecation prohibition bill 2020. This is a a bill for a law to prohibit open defecation in Oyo State and for connected purposes”.
The lawmaker declared that the bill entitled, “Oyo State Open Defecation prohibition bill 2020″ when becomes law will prohibit open defecation in any part of the state”, while “any person who owns a premises and refused to provide toilet facilities within three (3) months from the commencement of the bill commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for 3 months or a fine of N50,000 or both. “
“Any person who owns a premises and refuses or fails to provide toilet facilities within 3 months from the commencement of this bill commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for 3 months or a fine of N50,000 or both.”
Honourable Fadeyi said he sponsored the bill in order to discourage open defecation and to ensure safe and hygienic environment for residents of the state.
“Personally on my own, this bill which is being sponsored by me, it is a law that is going to curb open defecation in Oyo State. It is at the committee level, very soon we will do a public hearing on it. Any person who owns a premises shall make provision for toilet facilities in such premises.
On his efforts since his election into the Oyo State House of Assembly in 2019, Honourable Fadeyi said, he has attracted meaningful projects and has sponsored bills that are gear to improve the living standard of the residents of his constituency and the State in general.