By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
As the World Toilet Day is celebrated today, Thursday November 19, the Osun State governor’s wife, who is also WASH Ambassador, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola has urged residents of the state to break the cycle by getting a toilet.
According to the Osun first lady in a press statement issued and made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday, “the day gives us the opportunity in Osun to reflect on the progress we have made so far in ensuring that each resident of our state has access to decent and sanitary toilet.”
She said, “We have made some remarkable progress together in the efforts to rid our State of the practice of Open Defection.
“As at this day, quite a number of our local government areas have imbibed the use toilet campaign. I thank the people of these areas for this pioneering role.
“I urge our people in other areas to emulate them and help ensure that each house has a toilet at least.
“Possession of at least a toilet in a house is not a luxury but a necessity for the safety and healthy living condition of our people.
“I am aware that the advent of the Coronavirus pandemic has brought a setback to virtually all aspects of human life and endeavours.
“The pandemic has made daily living more tasking and fragile nonetheless, humanity has always tackled challenges and overcome them.
“Our human spirit has always overcome every challenge. Just as we rose with determination and imbibed the face mask and other protocols in order to halt the spread of COVID-19, we can also rid Osun of Open defecation.”
He said: “Therefore, I urge my people to step-up the can-do attitude and ensure that we make Osun an enduring shining example of the State where every house has at least a toilet.
“This is what will help reduce the 48 million people who still practise their open defecation in the country and 112 million people who do not have a private toilet of their own.
“Poor sanitation has a cyclical effect on the living standard of the people as it negatively impacts health thereby preventing the people from carrying out any economic activity to enhance their living standard.
“This is apart from draining the resources that could have been otherwise used for greater development.
“We have to break the circle with resolve and getting a toilet in our homes will ensure this.
“Toilet is an essential component of a house as bedrooms are, let every house get at least a toilet.
“Let us contain the infectious diseases,” the statement concluded.