Oyo Govt, Stakeholders Vow to End Open Defecation in Ibarapa

May 20, 2024

The Oyo State government and stakeholders in Ibarapa East Local Government Wrea have reaffirmed their dedication to promoting the use of toilets and good hygiene practices in every community across the council area.

This commitment was made during the inauguration of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) training of environmental officers and RUWASSA staff held at Plaza de Aruna in Oyo.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Oluwasherimi Ajetumobi, appreciated the good efforts of the state government and the United Nations Children’s Education Funds (UNICEF).

The commissioner specifically applauded the efforts of the present administration in phasing out open defecation in the state towards curbing the preventable outbreak of the epidemic.

She called for collaboration among all stakeholders to ensure overall improvement in the general health and sanitation of Ibarapa East.

“This shows that the Oyo state government has extended its commitment to end open defecation, not only in Ibarapa East LGA but in the whole state,” Ajetumobi said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Kehinde Ayinde, encouraged the participants to move from curative to preventive measures.

He also commended the efforts of supporting partners, UNICEF, in the reduction of the disease burden on states in the country.

Also speaking, the General Manager of Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Adeduntan Adeniyi, reiterated the agency’s commitment to end open defecation in the state soon.

Monday Johnson, South-West Zonal Representative of UNICEF, said it took a lot of time for an individual to adapt to new behaviour, but at the end of the training, participants must be able to sensitize the Ibarapa community towards an end to open defecation.

He encouraged them to teach the communities on best sanitary practices like regular hand washing, as preventive measures to curb the spread of diseases.

The Director of Sanitation, Mrs Obayemi Titilayo said the Community-Led Total Sanitation training focused on capacity building of environmental health officers of Ibarapa East Local Government relevant stakeholders at local and state levels and RUWASSA Staff on achieving the sustainable behavioural change, sanitation and hygiene practices through motivation, sensitization and advocacy.

She said this would contribute to stoppage of open defecation in all households and communities in the state.