The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has issued a two month ultimatum to home owners with no toilet facility to provide such in their homes or face prosecution after February 2015.
“If by the end of February 2015, we still have landlords who build or live in houses without considering toilet facilities, such landlords will be apprehended and be made to face prosecution under the state environmental law.
“I also want to add that tenants who rent such faulty houses stand the risk of facing similar penalty with their landlords”, Fayose declared.
This move will help end the problem of open defecation in Nigeria, as the rest of the world seeks a solution to the age long problem. Communities in countries like Madagascar have already started converting open defecation sites to farms, growing food for their communities.
At the 2014 world water week in Stockholmm, ending open defection was, among other issues, top on the agenda. It is estimated that more than 2.5 billion people around the world have no access to improved sanitation. Open defecation contributes to deaths caused by diarrhea in children under 5 and sexual abuse of young girls.
The #endopendefecation team was in Stockholm to promote the campaign, in preparation for World Toilet Day. Find more facts on the campaign here.