President Buhari

BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has signed Executive Order 009 to outlaw open defecation in the Country.

The Order is titled; “The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order, 2019”.

The Order declares as follows: “That by this Order, Nigeria is committed to being open defecation-free by 2025.

A statement by the President’s Special Adviser (SA) on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja on Wednesday said; “That the National Open Defecation-Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect.”

Adesina’s statement listed the following: That “a. There is established in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources a National Secretariat called ‘Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat’; and

“b. The secretariat is authorised, on behalf of the President, to implement this Order by ensuring that all public places, including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices, have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises.”

It therefore said all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government are also mandated to cooperate with the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat for effective implementation of the Order.

According to the statement; “The National Assembly and the states’ Houses of Assembly shall enact legislation on the practice of open defecation with appropriate sanctions and penalties.

“All development projects shall include construction of sanitation facilities as an integral part of the approval and implementation process.

“The secretariat shall terminate when Nigeria is declared Open Defecation-Free.”

“All enforcement authorities are hereby directed to diligently collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in implementing this Order”, Adesina said

The statement indicated that the Executive Order takes effect from Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

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