*kicks off 2021week
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria, (FOMWAM), Oyo State on Tuesday advocated stringent punishment on open defecation.
FOMWAN made the call in Ibadan at a press conference addressed by the association’s Amirah in Oyo State, Dr Bushra Oloso to kick off its 2021 week with the theme “My Community, My Pride: Promoting General Well-being and Stopping Open Defecation.”
The association pointed out thatthe time has come to reduce as well as put an end to cases of open defecation which is still rampant in some rural and urban communities across the country
Emphasizing the need for Nigeria leaders at all levels and the media to intensify campaigns against open defecation by pointing out the dangers in it lamented that open defecation is still common in some communities and stringent punitive measures would serve as deterrent to others who may want to involve in the act.
Dr Oloso declared that FOMWAN in Oyo State is ready to work with other socio-religious associations across the country towards ending open defecation and ultimately enhancing the well-being of Nigerians.
The FOMWAN Amirah stated that in doing this,the association’s campaign to end open defecation would not be a one off thing as it was set to make it a continuous effort in all their chapters, branches and affiliates.
Tasking corporate organisations, religious bodies, socio-cultural associations and other stakeholders to embark on the construction of public toilets and latrines so as to reduce the harmful practice and redeem the image of Nigeria in the international communities, Dr Oloso said, “open defecation contaminates the environment, spreads diseases, community unfriendly and promotes un-wellness for the people.”
Commending Oyo State House of Assembly for making open defecation a punishable offence and passing the Oyo State Open Defecation Bill in December 2020 with N50,000 fine. the FOMWAN Amirah urged Governor Seyi Makinde to urgently assent to the bill in order to discourage open defecation in the state.
Dr Oloso disclosed that the association would be forwarding a letter on the matter to Governor Makinde to speedy up the assent to the bill, saying, “the bill awaiting Gov. Seyi Makinde’s assent also prescribed N50,000 fine or three months imprisonment for anyone who owns a property and does not provide toilet facility within three months from the commencement of the bill.”
Speaking on programmes lined up for the week starting from June 1 – to June 6, Dr Oloso listed them to include, advocacy visit to communities,Jumat Service, Clearing and Cleaning of dump grounds and Assessment visit to the community heads, markets women and other stakeholder.